"We are all part of Mother Nature no matter where we are born – we need to join and to take care."
Tulku Khyungdor Rinpoche
In the context of our view of universal compassion, and our active role in universal healing, we do not distinguish between the individual and nature. The elements of our body are inseparable from the environment. Thus, teaching to the public a living awareness, empathy and care for the environment is the natural consequence.
Instructing in methods how to protect the environment and to preserve nature is of as great importance as practising individual exercises.
History teaches us that most ancient cultures have established ways to conserve nature. Those which did fail to do so have been extinguished due to loss of the basis of their very existence. While in ancient times these disasters have been of limited extent, we are today at the brink of a global collapse.
During the last decades, much research has been undertaken regarding the sustainability in our use of resources, agriculture, transportation, buildings, waste management, economy and society as a whole. Inevitably, this will require a honest relationship between industrialized and developing nations. But also each individual will have to contribute in many forms, be it a regardful usage of resources or tolerance regarding the needs of others.
The teachings of Lord Buddha, and specific the medical Dharma lineage of Akasha Training, with its well-established principles of purity, altruism, empathy and balance, is ideally suited as an ethical basis for environmental sustainability.
Education has to start early, as with the tree nurseries project "GIL" (Growing into Life), where young students "adopt" a tree and, while caring, develop environmental awareness and understanding. We intend to include environmental education into the curriculum of the Akasha Academy, as well as initiate further projects according to the requirements of the Kathmandu region.