Thay turns 95 on October 11! To express our gratitude for his incredible contributions, we invite you practice and share about caring for Mother Earth, in particular how we can listen to ourselves, our loved ones, and the Earth. Continuing Thay’s legacy through our own mindfulness is the most powerful gift we can offer.
Since the early 1970’s, Thay has been a pioneer of ecological justice, organizing Buddhists, scientists, and local communities to care for and protect Mother Earth. Thay teaches us that the first step to taking care of ourselves and our planet is to practice deep listening – a revolutionary act, in our often noisy world. In the latest book of Thay’s powerful Earth teachings, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet (published this October), Thay calls on us all to practice deep listening to help heal ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
As you practice the following three exercises, notice what happens within you. Do you experience a shift in your body? Arrive at a new insight? We invite you to share your reflections through poetry, art, a picture of you or your sangha practicing, or some brief words of reflection, for us to share with our global community and with Thay on his continuation day. Please submit your contributions through this form by October 6, 2021.