The 3 Rs are:
Recycling reduces the amount of trash and lower the cost of processing it. (Currently the cost of dumping it hygienically is on the rise).
Recycling protects the riches of our land resources.
Recycling safeguards our earth, water, forests and other natural resources.
Recycling creates a healthier and cleaner environment for everyone.
Recycling reduces pollution in general. CTTB had begun its recycling program back in September 1990. Approximately two to three trucks of recyclables are delivered to recycling companies each month.
Buddhist monks and nuns vow to follow the moral precepts that prohibit harming of the environment. There are vows for protecting the purity of the water; for not killing sentient beings who live in the earth; for not killing insects, birds, and animals; for not starting forest fires; and for respecting the life of trees, particularly ancient ones.
In the contemporary world, Buddhist monastic communities are developing new ways of applying ancient Buddhist principles to their own environments. For example, in the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, monks, nuns and lay people are getting involved in recycling; in teaching temple residents and the supporters of temples not to pollute their air, earth, and water; and in reforesting temple properties.
While performing the ancient Buddhist rite of rescuing birds and animals originally consigned to death and liberating them, they are developing a new ecologic concern for making sure that those sentient beings are released into environmentally suitable habitats. The principles of compassionate ecology are also being taught in the Association’s Buddhist schools.
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