Our survival depends on the whole. The earth is my body. Shakyamuni Buddha attested to this right before his awakening when challenged by Mara. “I call the earth as my witness” says the Buddha-to-be as he touches the earth. We are all implicated in this awakening.
For this Earth Day Dharma Talk, Valerie turns to a koan that resonates with the earth: Case 4 from the Book of Equanimity, The World Honored one Points to the Ground.
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