Conference on Environmental Protection
His Holiness thanked everybody who had been involved in the conference, particularly Dekil Chungyalpa, without whom the conference would not have been possible, and congratulated the monasteries for participating in this second conference.
He said how much he appreciated their efforts but the motivation was important. Working for environmental protection should not be just to please him nor out of competitiveness with other monasteries, but should be done wholeheartedly with the motivation that environmental protection is benefiting all sentient beings. They should hold this aspiration.
His Holiness reminded everybody that religious practice without ethical behaviour was empty.
On this planet, there are millions of insects, animals and plants. In order to survive, human beings need all of them. It is not possible for humans to survive on their own. Because all living things on this planet are interdependent, we all have to take an interest in and act to protect the environment for our own survival and happiness.
Likewise, Buddha’s teachings frequently instruct us to work for the benefit of others and to stop harming them, but often we do not know whether the everyday things we use are harmful Read the rest of this article