Protection of Natural Resources
The Lotus Sutra, believed to be among the final teachings of the Buddha, posits a concept known as "dependent origination": everything in the universe, including all life, is interconnected. Nothing exists in isolation. The Buddha used the image of two bundles of reeds to demonstrate this principle: Each can remain standing as long as both lean against one another. Humankind cannot exist without a clean and balanced environment. For Buddhists, the protection of natural resources is, implicitly, an expression of faith.