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Buddhism & the Environment: Show Loving-Kindness to All

Taking care of the earth and all its living creatures is an essential part of Buddhist practice.  Within the vast array of Buddhist teachings, 3 relate directly to the exercise of taking care of our sacred planet.  The first of these is what is referred to as ‘interdependent origination’ in which Buddhists believe that nothing on this earth has independent existence.  All of earth’s creatures can be thought of as a thread on the same great tapestry of the universe and therefore intrinsically linked together.   Our interactions keep the tapestry in a constant state of flux.  So in essence whatever conditions happen to one, happen to all.

The second teaching is the First Precept, or ‘do not kill.’   This entails that we must not directly harm another living creature nor allow others to kill for us.  This has enormous implications, as believers must make sure that every product they buy is produced or obtained without destruction of the environment.  Obviously keeping track of everything would be an arduous task for any individual, so one must at least be mindful and not blatantly disregard the origins of purchases.

The last teaching is called ‘metta’ or showing loving-kindness towards every being.  This means that we must show kindness even towards things we do not like or find trivial.  As the metta sutta put it,

“As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.”

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We should all put forth a better effort to be more mindful of our environments in order to help take care of our sacred earth.   Even adopting simple practices such as recycling, planting a small vegetable patch, or riding a bike every once and a while instead of driving can make a big impact.  And don’t forget to enjoy your environment.  Keep your yard healthy and thriving while enjoying its beauty and tranquility.

Bill Clinton: A New Face to Easternization of the West

“every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”

It is not surprising that Americans have begun to feel spiritually starved as our endless quest for material possessions and technological advancements proves a bottomless unquenchable thirst.   As technology continues to make our lives easier, human interactions have been reduced to impersonal platforms as we all feel naked leaving the house without our smart phones and huddle in our living rooms texting rather than actually meeting with our friends and families.  We Americans continue to gain ever more time through technology, only to spend it away trying to fill our lives with more ‘things.’   As a way to cope with the added stresses of daily living, many of us have begun to search for relief.

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Just a few days ago news broke that even Bill Clinton turns to meditation for mental relief and an overall sense of well being.  In an age of globalization where Westerners aim to spread their ideals, ideologies, and products across the world, so to do the ideas of the East infiltrate the West in unexpected ways.  Recently the UT San Diego estimated that over 1.2 million Americans practice Buddhism with other scholars estimating it to be even higher at around 6.7 million.  Even though still just a sliver of the American population the swelling numbers speak for themselves.  We all could benefit greatly from Buddha’s message for compassion for self and one another and the cultivation of inner peace.

As the Buddha put it “every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”  What will you do to quiet your anxious mind?  I choose to look upon the East for wisdom that has been lost in the west.   Bring a Buddha statue into your home and enjoy the added peace of Buddha’s messages into your heart.

The Best Testimonial about a Buddha Statue

“We are so grateful to Lotus Sculpture for providing beautiful, spiritual works of art that truly enhance not only the environment of personal space…but, also, the environment of the soul.”
~Lisa and Gregory~

We are happy to shareWooden Buddha statue an email from customers about a Buddha statue they received from Lotus Sculpture:

“Hi Kyle:

I want you to know just how very much Lisa and I absolutely love our new Buddha statue! The warm color and texture of the wonderfully-carved, large wooden form…the richness of the contrasting gold leaf accenting the intricate, flowing lines of the Buddha’s robe…

This beautiful statue now has pride of place in our living room. And while it is certainly an impressive piece of art, it is also an object that contributes to the peaceful serenity of our home’s primary living space. (Lisa has commented on several occasions since the Buddha’s arrival that I seem “a bit more calm than usual.” Nice.)

We were thrilled when the box from Lotus Sculpture arrived. (We had been tracking the Buddha’s journey across the country using the UPS link you so thoughtfully provided in your email order confirmation.)

As an art educator, Lisa has certainly seen her share of “un-crate-ings” at numerous museums and galleries – and even she was very impressed with the quality of packing and the obvious care with which the Buddha was shipped.

When the Buddha was revealed, after we carefully removed the top layer of packing, one could actually hear our unison, audible gasp. As excellent as your online photos are, they simply can’t do justice to the beauty of the three-dimensional piece in person.

We are thrilled with our purchase. Having this work of art in our care is a joy. And, equally so, has been the experience of, once again, dealing with Lotus Sculpture.

Kyle, your love and passion for these wonderful pieces of art…your commitment to ethical, dignified business practices…and a customer service and in-process communication flow that is second-to-none…wow!

In a phrase: We are so grateful to Lotus Sculpture for providing beautiful, spiritual works of art that truly enhance not only the environment of personal space…but, also, the environment of the soul.

Thanks and blessings,
-Lisa and Gregory

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