How the Buddhist monks of Thailand and Cambodia are fighting the logging industry, one ‘holy’ tree at a time

After extensive deforestation in Thailand and Cambodia between 1961 and 1998, a unique trend has emerged: Buddhists monks are now bestowing monk-hood onto trees, in the effort to save them.

Saints are as revered (if not more) in India as in any other country in the world. We have saints ranging from Ramakrishna Paramahansa to “Paramahamsa” Nithyananda.

However, what we have to learn from South-East Asia is about Swami “Tree”ananda.

We kid you not!

Buddhist monks from north-east Thailand have been so worried about the environment, they have been ordaining trees with sainthood since 1990!

In full: https://www.dailyo.in/lifestyle/afforestation-tree-saints-tree-monks-ecological-religion/story/1/29461.html

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