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IJSSH 2021 Vol.11(4): 114-118 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2021.V11.1050

Environmental Ethics of Buddhism: Ecological Values in the Mirror of Wisdom by Erdeni Galshiev

Galina P. Dondukova and Erdeni P. Dmitriev
Abstract—The aim of this article is to analyze one of the most outstanding works of Buryat didactic literature – The Mirror of Wisdom by Erdeni Khaibzun Galshiev (1855 – 26 June (9 July) 1915) and to identify the Buddhist ecological values in it. We argue that in the modern context of global environmental awareness as well as local ecological problems in the Baikal region, Russia, The Mirror of Wisdom, and its described practices for laymen have become extremely significant and can serve as the guideline for sustainable living. We start with the overview of the historical background of Buddhism on the territory of the republic of Buryatia, Russia, go on with the general structure of The Mirror of Wisdom by Erdeni Galshiev, and proceed to the analysis of ecological values, such as non-harming to other creatures, the law of karma, non-attachment, and so on. The analysis shows that although written a century ago and not aimed initially to bring together the inter-related issues of population, consumption and the environment, The Mirror of Wisdom suggests certain conclusions concerning these issues and can contribute to ecological sustainability as well as economic and social justice.

Index Terms—Buddhism in Buryatia, ecological values, environmental ethics of Buddhism, sustainable living.

G. P. Dondukova is with the Department of Organization and Management of Scientific Researches, East-Siberia State University of Technology and Management, Ulan-Ude, Russia (e-mail: galina.dondukova11@gmail.com).
E. P. Dmitriev is with the Institute of Philology, Foreign Languages and Mass Communication, Buryat State University, Ulan-Ude, Russia (e-mail: erdeny.d@gmail.com)


Cite: Galina P. Dondukova and Erdeni P. Dmitriev, "Environmental Ethics of Buddhism: Ecological Values in the Mirror of Wisdom by Erdeni Galshiev," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 114-118, 2021.

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