Thoughts on Ecology from His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Many of the blogs on this site rage against large corporations' attempts to slip chemicals into our food supplies without informing us on the labels or their attempts to change the genetic make-up of the food stocks, again without revealing such changes on the labels. Other blogs express our outrage at the mistreatment of our water, land and air (what used to be termed "the commons").

We should embrace the following message from His Holiness The Dalai Lama, carve it into our walls, our doors; tattoo it on our arms; print it on our banners, our tee shirts; screen it on our posters and shout it during our rallies:

"We take the existence of clean air and water, the continued growth of crops and availability of raw materials for granted. We know that these resources are finite, but because we think only of our own demands, we behave as if they are not. Our limited and self-centered attitudes fulfill neither the needs of the time, nor the potential of which we are capable."

This quotation is taken from Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown. 



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  • John Scepanski
    commented 2013-05-25 19:47:10 -0500
    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

    29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
  • Karen Edson
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