At this pivotal time in history, the challenge that most clearly binds us together in a common destiny is the urgent imperative to stop the devastation of our planet.
We are witnessing a complex phenomenon that affects almost every facet of human endeavour: political, social, economic, and technological. Yet this unfolding drama is, at its heart, a matter of the human spirit.
Through our failure to honour the deep interconnectedness of all forms of life, we have separated ourselves out from the very planet that sustains us. Aggression and greed are consuming our world.
In the Shambhala tradition it is said that it is precisely in dark times like these that the innate wisdom of the universe makes itself felt. Thus, at the same time that this crisis deepens, we see it awakening a higher level of intelligence, understanding and commitment in many communities around the world.
We see now signs of an emerging global movement determined to change our destructive trajectory. Our inherent wisdom, dignity and courage are beginning to shine through. Together, we can tap the power available to us from our diverse disciplines, cultures and societies to cultivate the dignity, confidence and fearlessness necessary to protect our Earth.
We can do so with confidence in the very foundation of what it means to be human. In the Shambhala tradition this foundation is described as inherent, basic goodness.
This is the basis from which we will be able to rekindle an unshakeable conviction in the sacredness of life, respect for our common humanity and an attitude of deep caring for the well-being of this Earth
On Earth Day this year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche issued this message (left) in which he invites people everywhere to engage in a collective reflection on our humanity and our global society.