We barely remember to feel gratitude
for all the generous beauty of the natural world.

Rather we see the earth as an inexhaustible source
of sustenance, shelter, and enjoyment.

But imagine for an instant what the world would look like
if all her trees and flowers were to disappear. 

Such a world would be a lonely place, a lifeless planet turning silently in space.

Do we not have a duty
as an intelligent life on the planet,
to care for our home,
to give back at least as much as we have received?

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
A Garland of Flowers


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