In the last two to three decades, humankind has been facing many great challenges on a global scale, such as food safety issues, collapse of the whole eco-system, mass extinction of species, and extreme weather caused by global warming, etc.
In the face of all this, DDM has long been trying to come up with a solution. Consequently the “Spiritual Environmental Farming” program was launched five years ago, with the hopes of instilling environmental awareness to every individual. It is hoped that by extending such awareness throughout Taiwan and the whole world, and by deepening people’s concern and care for agriculture on a global level, our efforts would eventually turn into real action that deals with the challenges ahead. The culmination of efforts have led to the ripening of causes and condition, that is ‘Spiritual Environmentalism on Agricultural Regeneration in the Era of Climate Change’
The theme of this symposium is interlocked with the ideals proposed by DDM founder Master Sheng Yen “To uplift the character of humanity and build a pure land on earth” and “To actualize protection of Nature with Spiritual Environmentalism as its core. ”
DDM also hoped that through this symposium, the Buddha’s profound teaching – that all phenomena originate dependently, each and everything is interrelated and indivisible – can manifest. The symposium serves as a reminder that producers and the general public should protect our natural resources – the earth, water and air – on which all beings thrives. This can be achieved by lessening our self-centeredness in all stages of production, processing and food consuming, treating all beings on Earth with compassion, and cultivating sustainable dietery habits.
The symposium offers participants the opportunity to brainstorm new way of thinking and to devise a clear direction to work collaboratively. The aim is to tackle challenges such as food safety issues, erosion of the eco-system and global warming with greater speed and efficiency.