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Today, we're faced through the gravest problem that humanity has ever confronted: the ecological effects of our collective activities. What function can Buddhism play in our reaction to this international drawback? Can Buddhist traditions aid us meet this problem effectively? may still we specialize in prayer and meditation or social motion? This booklet exhibits that it’s attainable to do either. It provides the demanding technological know-how of world warming and strategies to the predicament from a Buddhist standpoint, including the perspectives of prime modern academics. The Dalai Lama, Chatral Rinpoche, Sakya Trizin, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Joseph Goldstein, Lin Jensen, and different eminent voices deal with themes similar to height oil, deforestation, renewable strength, and breaking the dependancy to fossil fuels in essays which are either significant and aware. Prayers for the planet, in addition to steps we will be able to take separately and as a society, supply desire and inspiration.

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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.

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