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12 Buddhist Eco-Guidelines – Inspiration

12 Buddhist Eco-Guidelines – Inspiration

As we strive to cultivate a positive relationship with the environment, we need to first realize there are two facets to the journey – preserving inner sanctity and maintaining outer ecological balance.

During 1992’s annual Buddha’s Light Conference, a workshop was held to promote “environmental and spiritual” protection.

We encourage everyone to start with beautifying one’s mind and spirit and then extend outward to beautifying their environment. Twelve guidelines were offered:

Speak quietly – do not disturb others.

Keep the ground clean – do not litter.

Keep the air clean – do not smoke or pollute.

Respect oneself and others – do not commit violent acts.

Be polite – do not intrude upon others.

Smile – do not face others with an angry expression.

Speak kindly – do not utter abusive words.

Follow the rules – do not seek exemptions or privileges.

Be mindful of your actions – do not act unethically.

Consume consciously – do not waste.

Be grounded – do not live aimlessly.

Practice kindness- do not create malice.

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Adapted from Living Affinity, by Hsing Yun (Lantern Books, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Hsing Yun. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from Living Affinity, by Hsing Yun (Lantern Books, 2004).

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10:59PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

10:58PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

10:58PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

10:57PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Awesome, thank you for sharing!

5:10AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:08AM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

Thanks for the article.

2:07AM PDT on May 20, 2010

Lovely thoughts Thanks! I am a Christian.. but I LOVE Buddhist philosophy! There is so much in most religions that is so similar if it is put into practice in its pure form. We could learn so much from each other and so many spiritual paths are so similar that I am sure we could all walk beside one another in unity, being kind and loving and caring to each other, in harmony with animals and the environment and other people of all races.... if only we truly looked for our SIMILARITIES and not our DIFFERENCES. I have been heartened to see how many people on Care 2.. from all over the world, with differing religions and cultures are of one mind and have so much passion for our beautiful planet!

12:38PM PDT on Apr 27, 2010

Thank you

12:33PM PST on Jan 31, 2010

if only

4:59PM PST on Nov 27, 2007

Awesome!! Especially the smile and not living aimlessly....Ill try and practice those more often...

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