The Earth can be a Teacher...
~ Sarah writes
Earth Day...Earth Week!
As you may have already seen on Facebook, we are going to dedicate the next week to sharing ideas and inspirations on sustainability, and how we can better take care of our planet. Yesterday, while introducing the daily prayers, the Karmapa mentioned how, in certain parts of the world, the virus is being used as a reason to separate and discriminate against certain groups of people. I therefore thought it would be appropriate, on Earth Day, to share some beautiful words from the Karmapa that addresses this issue. This can be found in his book, "The Heart is Noble";
"I do not believe we can ever possibly be too grateful to the earth. It is the universal home where we have experienced every phase of all our lives, in the past, and in the future. In this way, the earth offers herself equally to us all, as the stage on which to act out our happiness and our sorrows - our most joyful comedies and our most heart-wrenching tragedies, and everything in between... I think the earth can be a teacher to us, offering a model of how to care for and treat others. She especially shows us how to see everyone as completely equal...To her , we are all the same. She does not make a distinction, but instead grants us all alike the conditions we need to survive and live out our lives."
~The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje