VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Knowing the deterioration of the environment is due to humanity’s greed and selfishness, Buddhists and Christians must work together to promote lifestyle changes that respect nature, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
The teachings of Buddhism and Christianity, he said, show “a shared understanding that at the center of the eco-crisis is, in fact, an ego-crisis, expressed by human greed, anxiety, arrogance and ignorance,” the cardinal said in a message marking the Buddhist celebration of Vesakh.
Each year, the pontifical council sends greetings to Buddhists around the world for the feast which commemorates three significant events in the life of the Buddha: his birth, his enlightenment and his death.
The message for 2016 was released by the Vatican May 6.
Recalling Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Cardinal Tauran said the current ecological crisis is a call for a “profound interior conversion” that adds to the urgency of interreligious cooperation.
Because “the crisis of climate change is contributed to by human activity, we, Christians and Buddhists, must work together to confront it with an ecological spirituality,” the cardinal wrote.
Additionally, Cardinal Tauran said followers of all religions must “transcend their boundaries” and collaborate in building an ecologically responsible society.
Catholics and Buddhists, in particular, can promote the planet’s health and sustainability through joint initiatives and educational programs aimed at raising ecological awareness, Cardinal Tauran said.
“Dear Buddhist friends, may we cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change and contribute to the care of our common home,” he wrote.
Some countries observe Vesakh May 14, while others celebrate May 20-21.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103