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Buddhahood exists in all things in the universe, both sentient and insentient. This includes the land or the environment, which consists of insentient beings like trees and rocks. Therefore, anything which leads to the destruction of the environment is seen as a grave offense in the light of Buddhism.

Every single thing in existence is worthy of supreme reverence. Nature is not something for human beings to exploit as they see fit, solely for their own interests. Both nature and humanity are part―and at the same time complete expressions―of the life of the universe. To destroy the natural world is to destroy human life.

The external desertification of the planet corresponds precisely with the spiritual desertification of human life.

The world is an intricately interwoven web of infinite relations. When we apply this worldview to matter and to all living things, including people, we can see the world as one great life entity. This is the true nature of our own life.

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