Buddhism

The previous example provides more information about Buddhist sensibilities than any quote can. Each of the many ways of thinking within Buddhism has a very different understanding of reality and therefore each weighs the environmental problem differently. Many know of reincarnation as a Bodhisattva, one who remains on the last step before entering Nirvana out of compassion for creatures and denies himself entry to pave the way for others to reach enlightenment by teaching Buddhism. From there comes the belief: the necessity "to bring all of creation with us to enlightenment," to be able "to not leave them to their fate", or: "Grass, trees, earth - everything becomes Buddha" (Klocker and Tworuschka, 1986). Respect is not only for nature in general, but for every individual life-form. An Indian doctrine (Ahimsa), not limited to Buddhism but also found in Hinduism (i.e., Mahatma Gandhi), prohibits any harm or killing of life. The parallel to Indian Jainism, which also arose at the same time as Buddhism, will also be clarified here.

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