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Lions Roar : January 2016
earth shows her love to you and her patience. The earth is very patient. She sees you suffer, she helps you, and she protects you. When we die, she takes us back into her arms. With the earth you are very safe. She is always there, in all her wonderful expressions like trees, flowers, butterflies, and sun- shine. Whenever you are tired or unhappy, Touching the Earth is a very good practice to heal you and restore your joy. A Rose for Your Pocket The Buddha of Our Time She will not destroy the beauty of the planet or waste all her time competing with other people. Everything, even the Buddha, is always changing and evolving. Thanks to our practice of looking deeply, we can realize that the sufferings of our time are different from those of the time of Siddhartha, and so the methods of practice should also be dif- ferent. That is why the Buddha inside of us also needs to evolve, so that the Buddha can be relevant to our time. The Buddha of our time can use a telephone, even a cell phone, but she is free from that cell phone. The Buddha of our time knows how to help prevent ecological damage and global warming; she will not destroy the beauty of the planet or waste all her time competing with other people. The Buddha of our time wants to offer the world a global ethic so that everyone can agree on a good path to follow. Glob- al harmony isn’t possible if we don’t have a global ethic. The Buddha of our time wants to restore harmony, cultivate broth- erhood and sisterhood, protect all the species of the planet, pre- vent deforestation, and reduce the emission of toxic gases. Since you are the continuation of the Buddha, you can help offer the world a path that can prevent the destruction of the ecosystem, one that can reduce the amount of violence and de- spair. It would be very kind of you to help the Buddha continue to realize what he began 2,600 years ago. The World We Have Bodhisattva Earth Holder We should all help her, because Bodhisattva Earth Holder is so desperately needed in this era of globalization. Our planet Earth has a variety of life, and each species depends on all the other species in order to be able to manifest and continue. We’re not only outside of each other, but we’re also inside each other. It is very important to hold the Earth in our arms and in our heart, to preserve the beautiful planet and to protect all species. The Lotus Sutra mentions the name of a special bodhisat- tva—Dharanimdhara, or Earth Holder—as someone who pre- serves and protects the Earth. Earth Holder is the energy that is holding us together as an organism. She is a kind of engineer or architect whose task is to create space for us to live in, to build bridges for us to cross from one side to the other, to construct roads so that we can go to the people we love. Her task is to further communication between human beings and the other species and to protect the environment. We should recognize this bodhisattva in order to collaborate with her. We should all help to create a new chapter for her, because Earth Holder is so desperately needed in this era of globalization. The World We Have A Future Is Possible When we see people living mindfully, smiling and behaving in a loving manner, we gain confidence in our future. There’s a lot of suffering in the world, and it’s important for us to stay in touch with this suffering in order to be compassion- ate. But to remain strong, we also need to embrace the positive elements. When we see a group of people living mindfully, smil- ing and behaving in a loving manner, we gain confidence in our future. When we practice mindful breathing, smiling, resting, walking, and working, we become a positive element in society, and we will inspire confidence in everyone around us. This is the way to avoid allowing despair to overwhelm us. It is also the way to help the younger generation so they don’t lose hope. It’s very important that we live our daily lives in such a way as to demonstrate that a future is possible. To bring about real change in our global ecological situation our efforts must be collective and harmonious, based on love and respect for ourselves and each other, our ancestors, and future generations. If anger at injustice is what we use as the source of our energy, we may do something harmful, something we will later regret. According to Buddhism, compassion is the only source of energy that is useful and safe. With compassion your energy is born from insight; it’s not blind energy. Just feel- ing compassion is not enough; we have to learn to express it. That is why love must always go together with understanding. Understanding and insight show us how to act. The World We Have ♦ SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2016 65