To be a Buddhist is to be both an ecologist and a conservationist. This is the vision EcoSangha strives to promote. It is a vision modeled on the Buddha as the Great Physician who is called to the service of those in pain and suffering, who scientifically investigates the nature of and prognosis for an ailment and then compassionately effects a cure. The progression from symptom to cure is presented by the Buddha in his fundamental teaching of the Four Noble Truths: symptom, diagnosis, prognosis and cure.
In terms of ecology, the Buddha fully understands the profound problem of our earth in crisis. His insights of non- duality and interdependence are applied on a cosmic scale. (Rev.Don Castro, Seattle Buddhist Temple)
The above quote is by Rev.Don Castro of Seattle Buddhist Temple, from EcoSangha.net.
Even though every day is Earth Day, April 22nd reminds us of our interconnectedness with our environment and our earth. If you are interested, one of the numerous wonderful resources of Buddhism and ecological concerns is :
Whether you are spending a day contemplating our relationship with our environments, or doing some fun hands on activities, or taking good care of yourself, we hope you have a wonderful Earth Day!
If you are interested, you can download a coloring page version of Buddha with the globe, from our Dharma School Resource Page!