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10:38 Jan 04 2010

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Tibetan Buddhism: Tibetan Plateau environment protector
10:36, January 04, 2010  

All monks including lamas in the Tar Monastery have been covered by the new rural cooperative medical care system. (Xinhua Photo)

The Tibetan Buddhism is considered a guardian of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, a paradise for diverse species, with its rigorous doctrines.

"The Tibetan Buddhism stresses the harmony between humans and the nature. Despite harsh natural conditions, however, Tibet has done a good job in environmental protection. This has much to do with the Tibetan Buddhist dogmas requiring quietness during self-cultivation in order to better merge oneself with the nature," said Cao Ziqiang, 75, former vice president of the High-Level Tibetan Buddhism College of China.

The plateau has offered this religion an ideal environment for its expansion. There, all lamaseries have luxuriant woods, vast pastures and fertile land.

"To cherish the land has naturally become a mission for those Buddhist followers," Cao said, adding: "Meanwhile, some Buddhist disciplines and taboos have helped protect the ecological environment as well. For example, the precept of no killing is actually regarded as a respect to life and conducive to the protection of both animals and plants."

Tibetans have internalized these disciplines into self-awareness and have been pursuing them to the letter in their daily life. "Tibet's weak ecosystem has been protected to the utmost this way," he said.

According to China Meteorological Administration, the growth rate of temperatures in Tibet is four times the national average. Consequently, Tibet has become a big victim of climatic changes. Its Buddhism, closely tied up with the nature, has no choice but to accept this reality.
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