Over a year ago, the Buddhist Churches of America Social Welfare Committee and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Committee on Social Concerns embarked on an inaugural joint project to bring information of a social nature.
The committees decided Earth Day, April 22, would be an excellent time to discuss our impact, both as individuals and temples, on our ever-changing environment.
Rev. Blayne Higa, Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, opened with a call for all of us to remember that we live in this life of delusion, that we need to awaken to the truth of interdependence and how our karmic actions affect us all. Therefore, he said, we need to recommit ourselves to the preservation of this planet that we all share. Our actions matter for they have an impact upon the lives of others and the world in which we live.
Three wonderful speakers, with a passion for preservation of our natural resources, shared their talents and experiences. Koichi Sayano, BCA Social Welfare Committee, presented points of interest with regards to food waste and sustainability.