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Non-Theistic Perspectives on the Environment: Buddhist and Jain Ecologies

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Non-Theistic Perspectives on the Environment: Buddhist and Jain Ecologies , Butler University

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PM

Fairview Common Room

In this session, we will hear from scholars of two non-theistic religious traditions and learn how these traditions frame care for the Earth without reference to a Creator God. We will discover that Buddhism and Jainism contain powerful and promising resources, such as non-harm and interdependence, that can promote a robust environmental ethic.

ChappleChristopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He has published more than 20 books including Nonviolence to AnimalsEarth, and Self in Asian Traditions (1993), Hinduism and Ecology (2000, with Mary Evelyn Tucker), Jainism and Ecology (2002), and In Praise of Mother Earth (2012). He edits the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology and serves on the advisory board of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.
Daniel CozortDaniel Cozort is a Professor and chair of the Department of Religion at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1988. A specialist in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, he has in recent years focused on Buddhist ethics as editor of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics and the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics.


Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs  presents

Four Public Seminars: September 25, October 30, January 28, and March 4

Each seminar meets from 7:00–9:00 PM on the campus of Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue.

For parking on Butler University’s campus, patrons should park in the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage. Fees can be found at butler.edu/parking.

The Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs is a program of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University, promoting understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through the discussion of religious issues in global perspectives.

We wish to thank our partners, the Philosophy, Religion, and Classics Department and Global and Historical Studies.

Thank you also to Grace Unlimited, a Lutheran Episcopal campus ministry at Butler University, for their sponsorship.


October 30, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
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