Director, Central Education Center of Buddhist Chongji Order/
Today, the natural disasters caused by environmental pollution are threatening the survival of human beings. The slogans by social organizations or governments are not powerless in preventing of such disasters. Human beings must grope for the ultimate solution for environment pollution. Otherwise, human beings will soon receive the entire karma effects from what they have done. Such karma effects will bring loss of lives and fortune, shortage of food and water, and various diseases.
We should find out the solution from Buddhism in order to prevent such disasters. Buddhist philosophy, which emphasizes coexistence, will provide philosophical foundation as well as concrete method to prevent environmental pollution and save the earth.
The Buddha did not mention about environmental pollution or solution for it, for there was no destruction of nature or environmental problem caused by such destruction. However, if we look for concrete method based on the spirit of compassion, to protect natural environment, we can recognize that following the Buddha’s teaching is no other than protecting of nature and living together with it, and that the way of life as such is also the way to protect environment.