How Much is Enough? Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment, recently published by Wisdom Publications, Boston, is a compilation of papers presented at the international symposium on â€œBuddhism and the Environment,â€ held at the Alumni House, University of California, Berkeley, on September 14, 2003. The symposium was organized by Professor Mitsuya Dake and Professor David Matsumoto, members of the faculty of Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, respectively.
Dr. Richard K. Payne, Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California and a member of the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union is the editor of the publication.
â€œThe emphasis that the symposium placed on the human environment highlights the interdependence of our human social reality with the encompassing and supporting natural world. Seeing the interdependence of the social and natural, we can experience more directly the karmic relations between our actions and the human environment around us, both social and natural, said Payne.
He also stated that the symposium brought to the forefront the concerns and efforts made by Buddhism and Shin Buddhism. â€œShin Buddhism has an important contribution to make to the environmental crisis, and to other pressing concerns of our times,â€œ he concluded.
Papers and authors published in the book are: â€œBuddhist Environmentalism and Contemporary Japan,â€ Duncan Ryuken Williams, Director for the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; â€œ How Much is Enough?: Buddhist Perspective on Consumerism,â€ Stephanie Kaza, professor of environmental studies at University of Vermont; â€œPure Land Buddhism and Its Perspective on the Environment,â€ Mitsuya Dake, Director of the Buddhism and the Environment Research Unit of the Center for Humanities, Science, and Religion at Ryukoku University, Kyoto; â€œGary Snyderâ€™s Ecosocial Buddhism,â€ David Barnhill, Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; â€œBuddhist Economics to Save the Earth,â€ Shinichi Inoue, former President of the Japanese Miyazaki Bank; â€œThe Noble Eightfold Path as a Prescription for Sustainable Living,â€Tetsunori Koizumi, Professor Emeritus, Ryukoku University; â€œThe Debate on Taking Life and Eating Meat in the Edo-Period Jodo Shin Tradition,â€ Ikuo Nakamura, member of the faculty at Gakushuin University, Tokyo; â€œ Buddhist Environmentalism,â€ Malcolm David Eckel, Boston University; and â€œThe Early Buddhist Tradition and Ecological Ethics,â€ Lambert Schmithausen, Emeritus , University of Hamburg.
The book is available at Wisdom Press or the BCA Buddhist Bookstore, Berkeley.