By Sarah C. Beasley
Buddhist Door Global
January 10, 2022
Farming sustainably is a special form of bodhicitta in action. I have been teaching myself about regenerative farming from books and local farmers, as well as attending the recent sixth annual Soil Revolution Conference in Boulder, Colorado. There I met several fascinating people from all over the farming spectrum—from Big Ag commercial farmers to small-scale organic ones, all engaged in lively conversation around the necessary adaptation to methods that will sustain and regenerate the soil and therefore our crops, ourselves, and farm animals.
There are many parallels between sustainability in agriculture and the tenets of the Buddhadharma: to inherently realize our own true nature and the interdependence of all things. In both, the emphasis is on caring for and leading others toward awakening by example. Awakening is a broad term and can be defined in many ways, depending on the school, lineage, or tradition of Buddhism with which one engages.