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Buddhist Spiritual Environmentalism——Jing Ding

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I.Preface

Our spiritual world is like the earth. Before it gets destroyed, it needs to be well prevented and protected. After being polluted, it needs to be kept clean and well maintained.

When our mind is pure, our group is pure. When the small group is pure, the bigger environment composed of the small group will be pure. Then each bigger environment (karma) will be pure (harmonious combination). Then the whole world is harmonious.

The education of the Buddha aims to lead different disciples with different characteristics via behavior, speech, and meaning. This is what we mean by “spiritual environmentalism.” Hence, this essay entitled “The Buddhist Spiritual Environmentalism —Harmonious World & Harmonious Combination.”

II.Meaning of Harmony

Harmony means harmony and compatibility, engaging mutual cooperation and comprise. Put differently, there is no conflict, no opposition, and no discomfort in life. Among the major cultures around the world, traditional Confucianism and Taoism emphasize harmony whereas Buddhism concerns with the mind. The ultimate pursuit of Confucianism is “Making Harmony,” whereas one of most fundamental doctrines of Buddhism denotes, “The ten thousand Karmas are made from the mind alone.”Actions are made with a pure mind. As what Buddhism Sutra indicates: “Form follows the mind,” what one thinks in mind appears in his actions and behaviors.

The harmony of country, society, and world derives from the environmentalism of the individual mind. Harmony starts from a small group. When one possesses an altruistic, grateful, merciful, non-oppositional, and non-conflict mind, there will be no violence in the family, no conflict in society, and no invasion among countries. Then the harmonious circumstance will be steadily expanded to the whole world. Just as the Third Inquiry of the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch says, “To be merciful is Avalokitesvara (one of the two principal Bodhisattvas of the Pure Land). To take pleasure in almsgiving is Mahasthama (the other Bodhisattva). Competence for a pure life is Sakyamuni (one of the titles of Gautama Buddha). Equality and straightforwardness is Amitabha. If you constantly perform the ten good deeds, paradise will appear to you at once. When you get rid of the idea of a self and that of a being, Mount Meru will topple. When the mind is no longer depraved, the ocean (of existence) will be dried up. When you are free from suffering, billows and waves (of the ocean of existence) will calm down. When wickedness is alien to you, fish and evil dragons will die out.” In other words, the whole universe is in fact harmonious, free of opposition and conflict. The spirit is pure and unpolluted.

If there is opposition and conflict, it turns into a separate and independent world, which departs from the harmonious combination described by Buddhism. Generally speaking, it is composed of harmonious combination, starting from a point, expanding to line, and leading to the whole entity.

Hence, how can we pursue individual harmony and compatibility?

III.Individual Harmony and Compatibility

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