Statue_of_Lord_BuddhaThe philosophical traditions of India are rich and various, offering diverse perspectives on nature-culture relations.  Work is being done in both India and in the US.

In the US, the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard University held a series of conferences (1996-1998) on environmental ethical themes of the three major traditions originating from India: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Harvard University Press also published volumes on these traditions in early 2000s. From such beginnings, Indic traditions have been examined for environmental ethical themes by Christopher Key Chapple (Loyola Marymount University), Ann G. Gold (Syracuse University), David L. Haberman (Indiana University), George A. James and Pankaj Jain (both at University of North Texas), Eliza F. Kent (Colgate University), Vijaya Nagarajan (University of San Francisco), and A. Whitney Sanford (University of Florida).

ISEE Representative
Pankaj Jain पंकज जैन
Dept. of Anthropology
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion Studies
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas, USA
Schools, Programs, Degrees, Classes

PhD in Environmental Ethics with a Focus on Indian Philosophy, University of North Texas (UNT)

Pankaj Jain and George James work with students wishing to focus their graduate studies on the Indic traditions and ecological thinking.  For more information contact either Professor Jain ( ) or Professor James (


A Sample of Classes at UNT

Centers, Organizations, Journals, Networks

The Bhumi Project

The Bhumi Project is a worldwide Hindu response to the environmental issues facing our planet. The initiative is facilitated by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies in partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.


The Ecodharma Centre

The EcoDharma Centre, situated in the Catalan Pyrenees, offers courses, events and retreats drawing on the Buddhist Dharma and the emerging ecological paradigm.


EcoDharma Project

The EcoDharma Project is a collaboration between the University of North Texas, the Hindu American Seva Communities, Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, and Green Faith.  The purpose of the project is to help temples and places of worship across the United States reduce their carbon footprint.


The Forum in Religion and Ecology at Yale

The Forum on Religion and Ecology explores religious worldviews, texts, ethics, and practices to broaden understanding of environmental concerns.  While the forum is not exclusively focused on the Indic traditions, it nonetheless devotes considerable energy to Hinduism and Jainism, and Buddhism.


The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture

Although not exclusively devoted to environmental ethical issues in India or to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, the JSRNN regularly includes articles of interest on these topics.

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Scholars Working in India
H. G. Navale
Department of Philosophy
University of Pune
Pune – 411007
Jodh Singh
Encyclopaedia of Sikhism
Punjabi University, Patiala
Shubhada Joshi
Department of Philosophy
University of Mumbai, India
Priya M. Vaidya
Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai, India
Nalini Joshi
Department of Philosophy
University of Pune
Pune – 411007

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