The Marici Fellowship: Cleaning Majnu-ka-tilla
“The Earth is our home, so like a home, it is our responsibility to keep it clean. Otherwise a dirty home would not only harm the people living there, but also the animals, and it would just look ugly. So cleaning helps everyone and nobody loses anything by doing this. And if we have a Bodhicitta thought in our minds while cleaning, thinking to clean away all the stains and suffering for all beings, it becomes an extraordinary act of Mahayana which is even greater merit. Thus this act is great from both the Buddhist and worldly point of views.”
— Volunteer of The Marici Fellowship, H.E. Sakya Dhunsey Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche
On 17th December 2018, the Marici Fellowship organized an unprecedented environmental protection activity in Majnu-ka-tilla, the Tibetan colony in New Delhi. Hundreds of volunteers responded to the call of the Marici Fellowship to attend a major cleaning of the whole community, which was surrounded by garbage. H.E. Sakya Dhunsey Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche set an example by picking up garbage himself as an ordinary volunteer, to guard the homeland that we all live in by action.
The Marici Fellowship plans to undertake environmental activities in Majnu-ka-tilla continuously to enhance people’s awareness to protect the environment, reduce the generation of garbage, change people’s habit of neglectfully discarding garbage, and assist in garbage classification and recycling. We hope that by more and more people becoming a part of the Marici Fellowship and making substantial changes to the environment they live in by their own hands, the Buddhist altruistic way of thinking will penetrate into all of our minds.