Buddhism and Sustainable Development
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Managing intermediate size cities: sustainable development in a growth region of Thailand
Michael Romanos and Christopher Auffrey
The attempt to study and evaluate development in Thailand within the framework of sustainable development raises the philosophical question of the extent to which Buddhism in Thailand might be amenable to the adoption of a sustainable development approach. I contend that a Buddhist approach to development affirms the core elements of sustainable development and so ought to be receptive to its implementation. In the course of my chapter, I briefly explain the basic ideas of Theravada Buddhism, the form of Buddhism in Thailand; isolate what I believe are the core objectives of sustainable development; clarify what prominent Thai monks and scholars believe are the limitations of traditional dimensions of sustainability and hence can learn much from each other. Proponents of sustainable development have focused primarily on the realm of policy making and formulation of specific indicators to measure scientifically the sustainability of policies and practices, whereas Buddhists in Thailand have focused far more on attaining moral and spiritual awareness and have neglected the importance of public policy making. Both dimensions are essential to truly free and sustainable societies.
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Kluwer Academic Publisher
Dordrecht, the Netherlands
Sustainable Development, Moral Virtue, Sustainable Society, Ozone Layer Depletion, Buddhist Tradition
Buddhist Studies | Philosophy
Buddhism and Sustainable Development.
In Michael Romanos and Christopher Auffrey (Eds.), Managing intermediate size cities: sustainable development in a growth region of Thailand (23–38). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publisher