Love Letter to the Earth

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Written by Thich Nhat Hahn

  Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn asks us to understand that we are of the Earth; in fact, are part of the Earth and the Earth is part of us.  This being so, we should honor, respect, care for and love our Mother Earth. Without Earth, no one would be here.  The Buddhist teachings of dependent origination, nonduality and interdependence.  Earth is patient, loves and provides for all creatures and will persist, regardless of how humans may mistreat her.  She is as a loving mother, beautiful, generous and the immediate provider of all we have.  If we continue to damage her, as we are now doing with our extractive technologies, it will take millions of years for Mother Earth to recover--a time span meaningless to human civilization.  Therefore, we should cherish our mother and treat her respectively and gently. 

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