Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Bodhycharya Ireland has subscribed to the new website KHORYUG

One of the growing activities of Bodhicharya Ireland has been to help to develop the 'Sowa Rigpa' garden at the Bodhicharya Meditation and Retreat Centre in Sikkim, close to Rumtek Monastery, where plants of the Himalayas and Tibet are being especially cultivated for creating herbal medicines. The project is funded in part by Rigul Trust, and Irish horticulturalist Amy Jennings has arrived in Sikkim and is working with Rahima Sayer. Pat Little has just returned from the garden and will write an account of how she worked alongside local gardeners to prepare the ground for next spring sowing.

Khoryug is the Tibetan word for 'Environment' and is the name of a new environmental protection project set up by His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa.

Please click here for access to the Khoryug website, quoted below.

'KHORYUG is a network of Buddhist monasteries and centers in the Himalayas working together on environmental protection of the Himalayan region with the aim of practically applying the values of compassion and interdependence towards the Earth and all living beings that dwell here.

'As Buddhist practi-tioners, we believe that our actions must flow from our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings and safeguard our mother Earth and that this positive change in our societies must begin with ourselves first.

'KHORYUG aims to develop a partnership with community based organizations and NGOs wherever there is a member monastery or center so that together with our communities, we can help and protect all life on Earth now and for the future.

'Whatever it is that I do, I want it to have a long term visible impact and for it to be practical. If I have the opportunity, I would most like to restore the natural environment in the Himalayas and Tibet and to especially protect the forests, the water and wildlife of this region'.

'Protect the earth. Live simply. Act with compassion. Our future depends on it.'

[ His Holiness, the 17th Karmapa ]

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