Celebrating Nature

posted Feb 25, 2011, 7:43 AM by Jundo Cohen   [ updated Mar 20, 2011, 7:35 PM ]

Vesak is a holiday of birth and Spring and ever new beginnings and hope for this world. Go outside with your family, if weather permits, and touch nature. As a family, work together to make a bird feeder or a bird house, and put it up outside your home in order to feed and shelter other living creatures. Go to a park for a picnic with friends in the Dharma and loved ones, go for a walk and enjoy the scenery together, and then spend some time afterwards picking up trash and cleaning a natural area to show your kids how important it is that we all work together to keep our world clean. April is also the month that includes Earth Day, and volunteer actions for that day would honor Buddha as well.  Plant something with your kids to symbolize life - birth and rebirth. This could be a tree, or flowers to give to someone once they bloom or for your family to enjoy. Or start an herb garden so your children can see the magic of life as it grows, and then how it can nourish our bodies.