Dharma Realm Buddhist University and the Buddhist Text Translation Society are delighted to announce a new publication by Dharma Realm Buddhist University’s Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Ron Epstein, Ph.D. Responsible Living: Explorations in Applied Buddhist Ethics - Animals, Environment, GMOs, Digital Media is a collection of exploratory essays which uses applied Buddhist ethics, with support from passages in classic Buddhist texts, to address a host of modern day issues related to the environment, animal rights, and digital media.
Moral dilemmas of the modern world
Does genetic engineering have the potential to be as dangerous a nuclear holocaust? Will playing games online lead to brain shrinkage? These and other environmental and moral dilemmas of the modern world are discussed in Responsible Living, a collection of essays which use Buddhist texts and academic resources to analyze problems in today's world. Topics include pollution, animal cruelty, genetically modified foods, and our addictions to digital and social media. Author Ron Epstein describes how outer environmental and social problems mirror humanity's inner struggle with selfishness, greed, and desire. By connecting Buddhist concepts such as compassion, causation, and moral precepts to these issues, this collection of essays provides guidance to for ethical conduct in today's world.
About the Author
Dr. Epstein, retired lecturer in the philosophy department at San Francisco State University and founding member of Dharma Realm Buddhist University, holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He commenced his lifelong study and practice of Buddhism at the age of 24 under the guidance of the Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua. He compiled Budddhism A to Z, a popular reference book on Buddhist terminology, and was a principle translator of the Surangama Sutra, an important Buddhist source on meditation. He has written extensively on the contemporary application of Buddhism and Buddhist ethics. He also co-sponsored legislation which banned for the first time the growing of GMOs in northern California on a county-wide basis.