Dear Dharma brothers and sisters,
Our Venerable Khen Rinpoche Kalsang Nyima gave a teaching called ‘Planting 100 trees for the birthday of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje’ in the WhatsApp group in the afternoon of 25 June 2021. Please read the following Chinese translation and edited English transcript carefully before tomorrow’s (4 July) tree planting activity. Thank you!
Planting 100 trees for the birthday of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Hello, Dharma brothers and sisters!
26 June will be His Holiness the Karmapa’s birthday. We will plant 100 trees in Hong Kong soon because His Holiness explained to all monastery members of the entire Kagyu lineage in India, Bhutan, and Nepal in meetings many times how difficult the world’s environment is, how important it is to protect the environment, and how trees are important to everyone’s oxygen (supply). So, His Holiness gave lots of teachings and did lots of hard work for the environment. So, for that, we planted 100 trees for His Holiness’ birthday last year.
This year, we will also plant 100 trees. It is very, very important to everyone in the world, especially for Hong Kong people because most of the oxygen comes from trees. Scientists said that one tree can save three persons’ lives because of the oxygen that it gives. So, planting 100 trees is very, very important to the world, especially Hong Kong.
So, for that, all of you will first pay attention to the pure motivation for all living beings, especially those in the world and very particularly for people in Hong Kong. You will pray that the world becomes peaceful and arise compassion for all living beings too. All of you will pray especially for His Holiness’ long-life, and what he hopes for, and his Dharma activities to become successful. After that, we will dedicate this good karma of protecting the world’s environment, and the merits and good karma of tree planting for all living beings to become Buddhas, and the world to become a pure land in the future.
The most important environment is your mind. May the bad karma in it be cleansed and your mind be full of compassion, wisdom, and bodhichitta. This is the most important protection to your inner environment.