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August 13, 2009
Cambodian monks save remote forests, tree by tree

In Cambodia, there is an unusual effort underway by Buddhist monks to replant forests devastated by war and clearing by loggers.

This is important to them for both religious and environmental reasons. The monks, like others, believe that trees may help counter the effects of climate change. 

Worldfocus partner IRIN travels to the remote forests of Cambodia.




The cool thing is when the head monk was telling the other monks to back and tell others the importance of trees, he called the trees “Preah Chue”. “Chue” means tree. “Preah” is the modifier that adds a holiness to the word.

Cambodia is beautiful! I encourage everyone to go there at least once in their life!


The Cambodian monks replant the trees…

But has the climate changed
in the war zones of the hearts
of Human Nature? To what degree?

Individual religious replanting
of these trees,
(transcendent of
earthly understandings
of Religion)
symbolic of Life, may
be all that can be, now, hoped for…
for the the physical
and the (parallel) spiritual
Environment will not at all
such (transcendently and)
“religiously-felt” sensitivity…
whatever the lengths and breadths
of the Times (involved
in each individual’s understanding)
shall accomplish concerning
the observable Value inherent
in the Evolutions
of the actions themselves…
as is, here, shown as being undertaken
with a certain receptiveness to the
very soils
in which they plant
such symbols (leaves)
of Renewing Ideas.

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