protecting the social environment

1. Protecting the Spiritual Environment Protecting the spiritual environment means keeping our mind stable and pure. Pollution in the environment is mostly man-made and human behavior is dependent on human mind. If we practice spiritual environmentalism with sincerity, humility, and loving-kindness, if everyday we clear our mind of unwholesome thoughts, we would lift the character of humanity and live in a pure land. Practices Chan Meditation The Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance Campaign 2. Protecting the Natural Environment Protecting the natural environment means maintaining the co-existence and co-prosperity of the whole earth community.  From the Buddhist point of view, the natural environment everywhere is the home village to sentient beings, and everything in the environment is needed for the livelihood of some sentient being or other. The whole earth is the common resource that current and future generations rely and subsist on. The faster we deplete earth's resources the sooner we destroy it. We therefore call on everyone to cherish our blessings, protect and sustain the earth's water and natural resources by careful usage, nonpolluting and not wasting. Practices Recognizing blessings Cherishing blessings Nurturing blessings Sowing the seeds of blessings 3. Protecting the Living Environment Protecting the living environment means keeping our life orderly and simple. Our needs are little; our wants are great. Take only what we need, and what we want is unimportant. In our daily life, cultivate the habits of contentment and few desires, diligence, leanness, and tidiness. Do not waste energy and resources and minimize the generation of garbage and pollutants. Practices Our wants are many Our needs are few Pursue only what you can and should acquire Never pursue what you can't and shouldn't acquire 4. Protecting the Social Environment Protecting the social environment means being dignified an

Holistic Caring for Life Education through Caring Services means caring for all members of society equally and universally through Humanistic Buddhism.   In a general sense, the Three Types of Education are covered under caring services. Caring for all stages of human life, from pregnancy, infancy, childhood, teenage, youth, adulthood, to old age, end of life and eventual death, as well as the many aspects of each of the stages, all fall within the scope of Education through Caring Services.   Protecting the Social Environment As part of caring services, DDM started in 1992 the movement to protect the social environment, with activities such as Buddhist-style joint weddings, birthday celebrations for the elderly, and funerals. The purpose is to lead and influence Taiwanese society through the concept and practice of simplicity, non-wastefulness, and cherishment of blessings. The Interior Minister praised DDM'S leadership on end-of-life caring and praying, and the Buddhist-style memorials, saying, "what we at the Interior Ministry failed to do, Dharma Drum Mountain has achieved." Every three months the DDM end-of-life chanting group collaborates with the city government of Taipei to hold a Buddhist-style joint funeral and memorial service. A departure from traditional funeral practice, the service is solemn, simple, peaceful, and graceful, filled with the calming chanting of Buddha'S name. Master Sheng Yen said: From a Buddhist point of view, not only birth brings endless hope, but death also leads to brilliant future ... The ending of life, though not a joyful event, is neither a depressing thing. It is a graceful Dharma event. The power of the Buddhist funeral memorial can overwhelm people attending one for the first time. They often leave expressing a wish that their own funeral will be like that. Zheng Wenlie, leader of the DDM End-of-life Chanting Group, offered this explanation: "Death prompts peop