February 23, 2001
Buddhism and the 'Subversive Science'
Buddhism is "in," and has been for about 2,500 years, if only for a few decades in the West. Ecology, too, is "in," but for only about 30 years, since the first Earth Day, in April 1970. Buddhism is a religion -- or a spiritual/philosophical tradition -- whereas ecology is a science. Buddhism is Eastern; ecology is Western. And yet, the twain have already met.
This meeting of the minds, Buddhist and ecological, results from similar insights into the nature of reality --