Humans have Rights. Corporations have rights. But Mother Nature? That’s going too far. [Ecuador]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 10, 2008
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With thanks for the tip to: David Wimberly
If the world is alive with drala [a Buddhist term for natural energy] and all sentient beings have been our mothers [the idea that we should have compassion for all as if they were our own family], then surely nature has rights that should be protected in our constitution.  This should apply not only to Shambhala, but to all nations and the UN. Don’t you agree? ~ David

From the Los Angeles Times
Editorial: Putting nature in Ecuador’s constitution In an experiment worth watching, Ecuador will ask voters to decide whether nature has rights.

This month, Ecuador will hold the world’s first constitutional referendum in which voters will decide, among many other reforms, whether to endow nature with certain unalienable rights. Not only would the new constitution give nature the right to “exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution,” but if it is approved, communities, elected officials and even for the rest



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “Humans have Rights. Corporations have rights. But Mother Nature? That’s going too far. [Ecuador]”

  1. admin says:

    I am relying to all here so that all will take me off any mailing lists you
    have for sending this kind of aggressive writing.

    “Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain, or transform your
    community into a political party.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh – one of his 14
    precepts of Engaged Buddhism

    And yes it is aggression to attempt to structure the world in a way that you
    feel is important.

    “Do not force others to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat,
    money, propaganda or even education.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh – teachings on
    Engaged Buddhism

    This is what happens when people ignore the Sakyong’s entreaty that it is
    problematic to do Vajrayana practices with hinayana view – although to be
    honest this email is exhibiting samsaric view – world is truly existent, it
    is workable, and my job is to fix it and make comfortable nests for sentient
    beings. Sad to see the teachings being edited into your samsaric political
    philosophies but please do not include me in further writings. I am
    following the teachings of the one true engaged Buddhist – Choygam Trungpa
    Rinpoche. I am practicing for all sentient beings and helping to support
    centers where they can become free of samsara. He did not waste a
    nanosecond on trying to fix samsara and neither shall I.

    Sorry to bother others than the crusader who sent me this one but somehow I
    am on a mailing list that you are on and this irresponsible person sent my
    address and yours out to the entire cyber world to be used as they please.
    It is very possible for anyone to take the entire list below that he so
    selfishly sent out and send it to a porno site for example. Hopefully each
    and every one of you will send him an email and tell him to at least use BCC
    when he vomits his crap onto us.

    Sincerely in the Dharma,

    Ralph Asher

    PS. If this email seems angry and aggressive then it proves my point. His
    aggressision begets aggression. I shall work on it in my practice this
    morning. Will you and he?

    Is a Shambhala address list being abused here?

    “The Buddha’s teaching is used merely for political purposes and to draw
    people together socially. As a result, the blessings of spiritual energy
    are being lost.” ~ Sadhana of Mahamudra