There is a lot of chatter in the interweb lately about Buddhism and the Environment, with plenty of opposing views (what else is new) and a myriad of texts cited to reinforce them. While the “Buddhist attitude” toward the environment is far from unequivocal, I’ve always appreciated the following verse from the Arahat (“worthy one,” or one awakened under the teachings of the Buddha) chapter of the Dhammapada:
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Forests are delightful,
where (ordinary) folks do not delight;
the passionless will rejoice,
who do not seek sensual pleasures.
yattha na ramatī jano;
na te kāmagavesino.
– verse 99, my translation