An extensive list of downloadable PDF files of Sutras and Texts here.
“Permaculture is about design, values, ethics and a personal responsibility for earth care…
“Permaculture…is the harmonious integration of landscape and people – the whole human habitats – providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature, of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them and thereby allowing systems to demonstrate their own complexities and maturation. This requires a multi-disciplinary approach integrating ecology, agriculture, architecture, and construction. [in light of a spiritual integration, also]
“…Permaculture is an ethics based design science that supplies all our needs and benefits the environment…It is primarily concerned with assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms…The ethics that give permaculture its footing are:
- Earth Care – this includes all living and non-living things, land, water, animals, air, etc.
- People Care – to promote self-reliance and community responsibility
- Return of Surplus – this is to pass on anything surplus to our needs for the aims above (this is not to be achieved through government coercion, but voluntarily).
“Sustainability is the minimum requirement of permaculture, and in order to gain an increased surplus you have to link to living systems because living systems get their energy from the sun, a free resource! Permaculture looks to gain a surplus in order to increase diversity and fertility of the system while providing our needs. We look beyond sustainability towards abundance!” (Bill Mollison)