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5 Quotes on the Environment

From SGI President Daisaku Ikeda


1. The desertification of our planet is linked to the desertification of the human spirit. (Victorious Teen, p. 137)

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Photo: iStockphoto / piyaset

2. The world is an intricately interwoven web of infinite relations. When we apply this worldview to matter and to all living things, including people, we can see the world as one great life entity. This is the true nature of our own life. (Ikedaquotes.org)

"You may not know what to do yet, but you can learn as you go. What you'll need, first and foremost, is a strong determination to help each person in the district become happy."Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/SergiyN
Photo: iStockphoto / SergiyN

3. Living beings and their environments are not separate. They are one and indivisible. This is the source of the principle that the transformation of the individual leads to the transformation of the land and society. (April 2015 Living Buddhism, p. 59)

Photo: Rayna M Tedford.
Photo: Rayna M Tedford.

4. Essentially, our personal security is not something that can be established in isolation. For each of us to enjoy a life that is safe and secure, it is crucial that both the natural environment and the society in which we live are flourishing in peace and stability.

Therefore, if we truly seek personal security, we must first transcend our lesser selves that are ruled by egoism and work to establish the peace and security of the society in which we live—in other words, “tranquility throughout the four quarters of the land.” This is the Daishonin’s message. (January 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 36)

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Photo: iStockphoto / Martin Dimitrov

5. Buddhahood exists in all things in the universe, both sentient and insentient. This includes the land or the environment, which consists of insentient beings like trees and rocks. Therefore, anything which leads to the destruction of the environment is seen as a grave offense in the light of Buddhism. (Ikedaquotes.org)

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Photo: iStockphoto / baona