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What effect does the Buddhist teachingsof metta, karma, anicca, anatta and equanimityhave on the environment?

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What effect does the Buddhist teachings of metta, karma, anicca, anatta and equanimity have on the environment? I believe that these five Buddhist teachings of metta, karma, anicca, anatta and equanimity have a huge effect on the environment. Each of these teachings has a specific effect on the environment. Metta teaches Buddhists to spread love and kindness around the world. This means that this love and kindness should also be extended towards the environment. ...read more.

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If they continue to treat the environment in this way then they will accumulate a lot of negative karma. This may cause them to enter a lower realm on the cycle of samsara, once they are reborn. Therefore the teaching of karma prevents Buddhists from harming the environment. Equanimity teaches Buddhists to treat all living beings as equal. This means that Buddhists should not cut down trees as this will mean killing a living being, a tree. ...read more.

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This means that the environment is constantly changing and will never last forever. Eventually it will be destroyed. Anatta is also one of the three marks of existence. It teaches Buddhists that there is no permanent self/identity. Nothing about you stays the same. This means that if someone else harms the environment, their actions will eventually affect you. In conclusion I believe that these five Buddhist teachings all have a positive effect on the environment. They help to prevent Buddhists from harming the environment and therefore, making it both healthier and safer for us, humans, to live in. ...read more.

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