Buddhism, Trees and Forests

The 21st of March is the International Day of Forests. On this and similar “international days” the organising committees try to get as many elements of society involved as possible, with varying degrees of success, and with fluctuating levels of enthusiasm. Religious leaders and bodies are usually roped in to help too, and given religion’s influence in society this is only understandable. Some religions have something meaningful to say on the issues involved, those that do not do their best to at least say something relevant, no matter how unconvincing or forced. As far as International Day of Forests is concerned few religions could have more that is meaningful to say about forests and trees than Buddhism. Other than the actual Dhamma itself, the Tipitaka, the Buddhist scriptures, says more about plants in general and forests and tree in particular, than almost any other subject.



Leave a Reply