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  1. Introduction
  2. Buddhist philosophy
  3. The interpretation of ethics
  4. The well-known philosophy of Buddhism
  5. Maintain a society
  6. Harmony and interdependence
  7. Principles of Buddhism
  8. The in-depth explanation of various Buddhist principles
  9. The Buddhist ecology movement
  10. Other concepts of Buddhism
  11. The most influential and essential principles of incorporating Buddhism into environmentalism
  12. Conclusion

Within our society, there are certain innate concepts that every individual is equipped with. Virtues, morals, or the concept of "right and wrong" are just a few examples of such ideals. To help make humanity a more positive atmosphere, there are a few models one should strive to accomplish in their everyday life. These include but are not limited to: compassion towards all individuals whom are less fortunate, non-violence towards any and all living and non-living things, and a natural want or need to help sustain the environment we live in. The most critical of these ideals would be our responsibility to help reverse the immense damage already being done to our ecosystem in the forms of global warming, ozone layer depletion, deforestation, and a reduction in biodiversity, just to name a few.

[...] This statement, in other words, pushes individuals towards an obligation or responsibility to conserve our environment since it is one within all of us. Harmony and interdependence, as principles of Buddhism, are two attitudes that one could advocate as positive influences on the environment. Applying the standard of harmony among all living and non- living beings would produce encouraging outcomes for society in a few different ways. Harmony brings about a sense of overwhelming understanding to the environment around us. [...]

[...] According to one source, "society can set the rule 'kill not' and threaten punishment as a deterrent, but ?people,' said the Buddha, 'will not stop killing until they learn to 'hate not'" (Living Buddhism 18-30). In other words, the Buddha focused more on hate and other negative characteristics as a way to teach individuals. Specifically, the Buddha believed that evil is primarily done defensively and out of fear, not offensively. Buddhist virtue ethics rest, then, with an immense importance portrayed towards internal peace in all. [...]

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