Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Buddhism and Ecology

The Buddha said very little specifically about ecology. Perhaps this is because it wasn't such a big concern in his day.

But what little he did say implies quite a lot of responsibility on our part;

The Buddha, speaking to his monastic disciples, told them to be extremely mindful [when walking out and about, in nature] of the effect they are having on the environment. He said they should not go to the toilet in any places where there will be a negative effect on the environment. In fact, he went further than that. Buddha told them to leave little or no trace wherever they walked.

Wow! What a challenge! Just those two lines speak volumes. If only we had the insight to infer their meaning and the courage to change our way of being in the world.

When we put these enigmatic moral guidelines together with the overall Buddhist tenet of INTERDEPENDENCE we reach a profoundly urgent realisation that everything we do has a far-reaching effect on everything else that exists.

Therefore, we had better get our act together and make so many crucial changes.

In this spirit, I would like to share a recent Dharma Teaching my master, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, gave in Germany on Buddhism and Ecology.

You can find it here