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The Eco-Buddhism of Marie Byles


James, P, The Eco-Buddhism of Marie Byles, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 22 pp. 215-245. ISSN 1076-9005 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Marie Beuzeville Byles (1900Ė1979) was a key figure in the historical development of Buddhism in Australia, and the nationís conservation movement. From the 1940s she began to develop an eco-Buddhist worldview and Buddhist environmental ethic that she applied in her day-to-day conservation activities and articulated over the course of four books on Buddhism and dozens of published articles. She is recognized in Australia for her Buddhist environmental thought, the influence that her ideas had in a key environmental debate of her day, and her international profile as a Buddhist. Most histories of modern eco- Buddhism, however, do not mention Bylesís work, and there has thus far been little scholarly analysis of her writings. This paper examines Bylesís eco-Buddhist ideas and activities in detail, and assesses the historical significance of her contribution.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:History and philosophy of specific fields
Research Field:History of philosophy
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Environmental ethics
UTAS Author:James, P (Dr Peggy James)
ID Code:102473
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-08-24
Last Modified:2016-03-10

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