The Effect of the Buddhist Teachings on the Environment

The Effect of the Buddhist Teachings on the Environment
I believe that the five Buddhist teachings of metta, karma, anicca,
anatta and equanimity have an impact on the environment. Metta teaches Buddhists to spread love and kindness around the world.
This means that this love and kindness should also be extended towards
the environment. Therefore Buddhists will try to help to keep the
environment healthy, i.e. unpolluted and safe.

The law of karma states that actions have consequences. This means
that if a Buddhist treats the environment badly (use CFC?s or cut down
trees), then they will gain negative karma. If they continue to treat
the environment in this way then they will accumulate a lot of
negative karma. This may cause them to enter a lower realm on the
cycle of samsara, once they are reborn. Therefore the teaching of
karma prevents Buddhists from harming the environment.

Equanimity teaches Buddhists to treat all living beings as equal. This
means that Buddhists should not cut down trees as this will mean
killing a living being, a tree. If fewer trees are cut down, then the
environment will be healthier and safer, as trees (and plants) absorb
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which helps to reduce global
warming.

Anicca is one of the three marks of existence. It states that
everything is changing. Nothing lasts forever, i.e. the world is
impermanent. This means that the environment is constantly changing
and will never last forever. Eventually it will be destroyed.

Anatta is also one of the three marks of existence. It teaches
Buddhists that there is no permanent self/identity. Nothing about you
stays the same. This means that if someone else harms the environment,
their actions will eventually affect you.

In conclusion I believe that these five Buddhist teachings all have a
positive effect on the environment. They help to prevent Buddhists
from harming the environment and therefore, making it both healthier
and safer for us, humans, to live in.

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