“Protecting the environment that we rely on for our survival is an immediate way to care for all beings.”
– His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa
For the second year in a row in observing Earth Day, Hartford KTC invites all KTCs, KKSGs and Buddhist practitioners to participate in dedicating to the earth an outdoor Chenrezik Puja on April 20th. This will be the fifth year that Hartford KTC will hold such an event outdoors in Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT. They look forward to your joining them this year by holding your own outdoor Chenrezik puja in your area.
As His Holiness Karmapa has been inspired to continue expanding his work in the area of environmental activism, we are extremely grateful for his recently published book, The Heart is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out. In the dialogues with university students that form the basis of the book’s content, one of the key topics he addresses is that of environmental protection. In doing so, he shares his own personal experience and advice on helping us to bridge the gap between knowledge and compassion for the world:
“The single most important factor that will move us to act to protect the world is compassion. Our compassion must encompass all that is inanimate as well as animate. In fact, it may at times be difficult to distinguish between what is animate and inanimate, but our compassion should extend to both the physical environment and the beings that inhabit it.”
His Holiness established Khoryug (Tibetan for “environment”), an association of Buddhist monastic communities that are committed to implementing his vision through developing environmental protection projects in their respective regions. It is His Holiness’ ultimate wish that Buddhist monasteries and nunneries will become leaders on environmental issues, working within their communities to address threats such as deforestation, water scarcity, wildlife extinction, pollution, and climate change.
For more information about Khoryug and His Holiness’ new book, please visit the links below.
May all benefit,
KTC Coordinator, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra