Earth Holding Actions – Issue #3 – Just Out

As leaves unfurl from tips of seemingly lifeless twigs and birds freshen the sky with play and song, we come home to our love for Earth.  In this issue, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh reveals respect and reverence toward Earth—our original mother—is a path to enlightenment, Dharma Teacher Jo-ann Rosen experiences people and planet in a whole new way while riding a cross-country train, and Order of Interbeing member Lorri Houston takes action—with Sangha friends—to alleviate the suffering of Mother Earth’s animal children. Enjoy.
Touching the Earth
Editorial Team

Excerpt from the Newsletter:

Earth Practice: Love Letter to the Earth

When we see Mother Earth as a bodhisattva, with all her many virtues, we will walk more gently on her, and treat her and all her children more gently. We will want to protect her and not harm her or any of the myriad forms of life she has given birth to. We will stop wreaking destruction and violence on Mother Earth. We will resolve the question of what we mistakenly call “the environmental problem.” The Earth is not just the environment. The Earth is us. Everything depends on whether we have this insight or not.

Dharma Sharing: A Transformative Journey aboard the People’s Climate Train

The Climate Train embodied a new paradigm, one of many people working together as an organism. It was a living experiment in inclusivity from the ten directions. The unifying theme was a deep caring and connection for Earth. The love was palpable. Having witnessed decades of protests—Vietnam, Diablo Canyon, Livermore, Dessert Storm and non-stop war—this felt radically different. The language was strong but positive, grief and loss were honored without vilifying an “enemy,” and people maintained a keen focus on moving strategically forward.

Sangha Action: Animals as Teachers

Searching without knowing I was searching, I read Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Anger and I took my first step on the path.  It would take another six years of practice, but finally my heart opened to the precious gifts our practice offers.  For me, the most precious of these was learning how to help a suffering being without being lost in the suffering.  I could help a fainting robin, or a chicken in a slaughterhouse, and feel only love and gratitude that I had the ability to make a difference for others.

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