It is in this way that we must train ourselves: by liberation of the self through love. We will develop love, we will practice it, we will make it both a way and a basis, take our stand upon it, store it up, and thoroughly set it going.
- Shakyamuni Buddha
The most pressing issue now facing our world is the state of the environment. If things are allowed to worsen, our world could turn into a hungry ghost realm. So we, as bodhisattvas, have the duty to protect it and promote its wellbeing. And the most useful way we can do so is by awakening as many minds as possible to the magnitude and urgency of this issue.
- Kyabje Sakya Trizin Rinpoche
You see, one day we might find all living things on this planet—including human beings—are doomed.
- Dalai Lama XIV
One day during meditation, I was contemplating global warming….With some anguish, I asked Nature this question: ‘Nature, do you think we can rely on you?’ I asked the question because I know that Nature is intelligent, she knows how to react, sometimes violently, to re-establish balance. And I heard the answer in the form of another question: ‘Can I rely on you?’ The question was being put back to me: can Nature rely on humans? And after long, deep breathing, I said ‘Yes, you can mostly rely on me.’ And then I heard Nature’s answer, ‘Yes, you can also mostly rely on me.’ That was a very deep conversation I had with Nature.
- Thich Nhat Hanh