A Message from the Gyalwang Karmapa: 108 Things You Can Do

April 22, 2009
I am happy to release the 108 Things You Can Do today on Earth Day (April 22nd) and hope that this auspicious act has far-reaching benefits for the Earth.

Our world is facing an environmental crisis which is complex, overwhelming and affects us all, but it is difficult to know where to begin and what we can do.

It is very important for all of us to change our behavior and we need to start taking practical steps. These 108 Things You Can Do are a path that everyone can follow in order to make a difference.


World, we live and die on your lap.
On you we experience all our woes and joys.
You are our ancestral home of old.
Forever we cherish and adore you.
We wish to transform you into
the pure realm of our dreams.
We wish to transform you into a land for all creatures,
Equal for all and free of prejudice.
We wish to transform you into a loving, warm,
and gentle goddess.
Our hope in you is so ever resolute.
So please be the ground on which we all may live
So all these wishes may come true,
So all these wishes may come true.
Do not show us the dark side of your character,
Where nature’s calamities reign.
In every section of our world’s land
May there thrive a fertile field of peace and joy,
Rich with the leaves and fruits of happiness,
Filled with the many sweet scents of freedom.
May we fulfill our countless and boundless wishes.

Composed by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje urged, the Karma Drubgyu Thargay Ling nunnery in Tilokpur is doing several things to protect the environment. For example, in June this year we planted more than 1000 trees all around the Tilokpur area. We also installed three solar-powered lights. Every week we go around the village to clean up trash and dispose of it properly. We sort trash like metal, plastic and paper so that it can be recycled. Leftover food is given to villagers, who feed it to their cattle. We are continuing these activities and also looking for new ways to help to protect the environment.