A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Buddhism and the environment

In 1992 the world’s governments and leaders met in Rio de Janeiro. The goal of this summit was to develop a plan to protecting all life on earth, our environment, and to reduce the rate at which we consume resources in a manner which will allow future generations to live in peace and harmony. Some say this was the awakening moment of the Green movement. 2600 years ago Buddha was already promoting this message in his sutras. Amitabha’s pure land is something we can aspire to see here on earth. A land where everyone’s needs are met, the land is healthy, and all sentient beings live in peace and harmony. I’m not saying we should go back to living in caves, or prowling around picking fruits and grains as we need. Rather making wise choices in how we purchase and consume items. Buying quantities that meet our needs without spoilage will benefit us as well as the environment. Choosing to walk to the corner store, or organizing our trips by car to reduce mileage, is methods we can all accomplish today.


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