Posted on June 11th, 2012, by

4th Khoryug Conference

Day Five Report

9th June, 2012

Monks and nuns gathered with great anticipation early in the morning to visit a brand new old people’s home that has been recently completed nearby at Bagli. Designed by Didi Contractor, a well known eco-architect, the adobe building is constructed entirely with eco-friendly materials so as to be in harmony with nature and to have a minimal ecological footprint.

The monks and nuns were shown how the floors are put up with sun-dried bricks and steel reinforcement and how natural lighting is used to bring light into the house. The eco-architects explained that the layers of natural materials provide heat insulation during the winter.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Karmapa addressed the entire group and gave a moving speech regarding the state of the earth and how it is our collective karma that binds us together.

He said “we should notfeel like we are strangers to each other but rather that we share a collective karma with one another on this earth and it is our responsibility to try to improve it. The basis of Lord Buddha’s teachings is that nothing rises by itself and we are not individual entities living by ourselves. The law of cause and effect and interdependence should encourage us to develop compassion for all living beings on this planet and for the earth itself. One beneficial act can have a multiple number of positive effects. We should feel greatly encouraged and determined to protect nature for this reason.”

Following His Holiness’s speech, the conference facilitator presented a book called A Buddhist Response to Climate Change, produced by Dr. John Stanley, a well known climatologist, which features chapters by eminent Buddhist leaders around the world including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and His Holiness the Karmapa. The book generated a well known petition titled, “The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change”, which has been signed by Buddhist leaders all around the world. Over 45 monks and nuns rushed to sign the petition following the presentation of the main points. The conference closed with that auspicious activity amidst a great deal of joy and speech of thanks from the organizers.

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