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In the Vinaya, the Buddha taught monks To care for tender trees. From this, we learn the virtue O f planting and nurturing trees. The Buddha forbade monks to cut O r cause others to cut living plants, To destroy seeds or defile fresh green grass. Should not this inspire us To love and protect our environment? They say, in the celestial realms, The trees emanate The Buddha’s blessings And echo the sound O f basic Buddhist doctrines, Like impermanence. It is trees that bring rain, Trees that hold the essence of the soil.
Thus spoke the Buddha in truthful voice W ith the great Earth for witness. As a noble being recognizes the kindness O f a sentient mother 27 ♦ A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency And seeks to repay that kindness, So the Earth, the universal mother W hich nurtures all equally, Should be regarded with affection and care. Forsake wastage. 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.
In other words, here are solu tions that work, that we can begin to actualize now. The section is not meant to be exhaustive, but to outline the direction of a rapid positive transformation of global society. We must all inform ourselves and play our part to assure a safe-climate future, for human civilization and for all the other beings who share this precious world with us. J U S T AS A M O T H E R , ev en at the risk o f her o w n life, protects her child, her o n ly child , in the sam e way o n e sh o u ld cultivate a m easureless heart o f love tow ard all b eings.
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency by John Stanley, Visit Amazon's David R. Loy Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, David R. Loy, , Gyurme Dorje