Karmapa addresses Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa participating in a tree-planting ceremony

In celebration of World Environment Day yesterday, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa spoke at the first day of the 4th Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries — a five-day conference focusing on biodiversity, climate change, and natural disaster preparedness. Representatives from forty-five monasteries throughout the Himalayas and South Asia are gathered in Dharamsala, India, this week for the conference.

As part of his opening address, the Karmapa stated, “We should all try our hardest to protect the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas and preserve these ecosystems. Preserving the biodiversity and the ecosystems of our region should be like the effortless practice of dharma for us. Our basic motivation to protect the environment should come from the pure desire to benefit all sentient beings on earth.”

To learn more about the conference, visit their website at khoryug.org.