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To that end, be the ground which sustains us all. Do not show us the storms of your nature’s dark side, And we, too, will transform you, all your corners, Into fertile fields of peace and happiness. Introduction ♦ May the harvest of joyfulness and freedom’s million sweet scents Fulfill our limidess, infinite wishes, so we pray. — Gyalwang Karmapa X V I I 5 13 O v erview o f th e B o o h T he book begins and concludes with contributions (Parts I andVI) from the two most influential Buddhist teachers of our times: the fourteenth Dalai Lama,Tenzin Gyatso, and the Vietnamese master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Do not pollute the clean, clear nature O f the four elements, O r destroy the well-being of people, But absorb yourself in actions That are beneficial to all. Under a tree the great sage Buddha was born. Under a tree he overcame passion And obtained enlightenment. Under two trees he passed into Nirvana. Indeed, the Buddha held trees in great esteem. The place in Amdo, where Manjusri’s emanation, Je Tsongkhapa’s body, bloomed forth, Is marked by a sandalwood tree, Bearing a hundred thousand images of the Buddha.
This is very sad. We have to consider what we human beings really are. We are not machine-made objects. ” This blue planet of ours is a delightful habitat. The Earth, indeed, acts like a mother to us all. Like children, we are dependent on her. In the face of such global problems as the climate emergency, individual organizations and single nations are helpless. Unless we all work together, no solution can be found. O ur M other Earth is now teaching us a critical evolutionary lesson— a lesson in universal responsibility.