报告题目:Buddhism and Environment (佛教与环境)
报告人: Frank J. Hoffman, Ph.D.(London),Professor
报告人简介: Frank J. Hoffman, Ph.D.(London), is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy at West Chester University. He is a Series Editor with Greenwood Press, serves on the advisory Editorial Board of the British journal, Asian Philosophy, and is a Director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium. He is author of Rationality and Mind in Early Buddhism( Delhi,1987,1992,2002). Prof. Hoffman has lectured in Hawaii, England, Germany, Japan, India, and China. （弗兰克·豪夫曼, 博士,美国西切斯特大学哲学副教授，英国期刊《亚洲哲学》顾问编委，曾在英国、德国、日本、印度和中国讲学。）
内容提要：In this paper I will develop two lines of thought, one theoretical and the other practical. I will provide an argument concerning Buddhist epistemology, and another argument concerning what practitioners can know. The main application of the theoretical argument is that including the ideas of authority of experience and worldviews, there is no contradiction between Buddhism and concern with the environment. The main application of the practical argument is that from a Buddhist practitioner’s point of view, the interconnection between all things is known by experience that includes but is not limited to reading written texts. Putting these two points together I will try to show how the respective roles of theory and textual understanding in philosophy on the one hand and meditative experience and awareness in Buddhist practice on the other hand together inform what can rightly be said about environmentalism from Buddhist points of view. In the process I will try to show, regarding the theoretical argument, that adequate epistemology of Buddhism should include not only texts but also worldviews.