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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

- Buddha

BUDDHISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

From the Writings of Nicheren Daishonin (WND, 4):

"If the minds of living beings are impure, their land is also impure, but if their minds are pure, so is their land. There are not two lands, pure and impure in themselves. The difference lies solely in the good or evil of our minds."

This following quote gives a great explanation of the previous quote; it addresses putting this doctrine into practice:

"The question is will we allow ourselves to be dragged down to the lower states of life or will we advance to the higher states? Only intelligence, culture and religious faith can lead us out of the Animality that thoughtlessly consumes nature, leaving a barren wasteland. Because of the oneness of life and its environment, a barren, destructive mind produces a barren, devastated natural environment. The desertification of our planet is created by the desertification of the human spirit." (Discussions on Youth 2, ch. 16).

From the Writings of Nicheren Daishonin (WND,644):

"The ten directions are the "environment," and living beings are "life." To illustrate, environment is like the shadow, and life, the body. Without the body, no shadow can exist, and without life, no environment. In the same way, life is shaped by its environment."

From the many writings by the current President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Daisaku Ikeda, about the environment:

Some of these are his annual Peace Proposals to the UN:
http://www.sgi-usa.org/newsandevents/peaceproposals.php

He has many published dialogues such as a book "Choose Life" with historian Arnold Tonybee and "Planetary Citizenship: Your values, Beliefs and Action Can Shape a Sustainable World" with Hazel Henderson (world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, globally syndicated columnist and consultant on sustainable development).

Here's a link to some quotes: http://www.ikedaquotes.org/environment.html

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