There is a new logo for the Monlam this year,
and I would like to explain it.
Throughout my life I have always felt that the outer natural
elements and my own mind are close. I have a special connection with
the four elements. I am not being superstitious and saying I can
talk to the elements, but sometimes it feels that way.
Ever since the human race first appeared on this earth, we have used
this earth heavily. It is said that ninety-nine percent of the
resources and so on in this world come from the natural environment.
We are using the earth until she is used up. The earth has given us
immeasurable benefit, but what have we done for the earth in return?
We always ask for something from the earth, but never give her
We never have loving or protective thoughts for the earth. Whenever
trees or anything else emerge from the ground, we cut them down. If
there is a bit of level earth, we fight over it. To this day we
perpetuate a continuous cycle of war and conflict over it. In fact,
we have not done much of anything for the earth.
Now the time has come when the earth is scowling at us; the time has
come when the earth is giving up on us.The earth is about to treat
us badly and give up on us. If she gives up on us, where can we
live? There is talk of going to other planets that could support
life, but only a few rich people could go. What would happen to all
of us sentient beings who could not go?
What should we do now that the situation has become so critical? The
sentient beings living on the earth and the elements of the natural
world need to join their hands together—the earth must not give up
on sentient beings, and sentient beings must not give up on the
earth. Each needs to grasp the other’s hand. So doesn’t the Monlam
logo look like two hands clasping each other?
Its shape is also similar to the design of the Sixteenth Gyalwang
Karmapa’s Dream Flag of peace and serenity, which is used regularly
among the Karma Kamtsang. If I were to make up everything myself, I
doubt it would have any blessings, but using the previous Karmapa’s
design as a model probably gives this blessings.
This is a symbol of the Kagyu Monlam. We hold the Kagyu Monlam for
the benefit of the entire world. We will not give up on the earth!
May there be peace on earth! May the earth be sustained for many
thousands of years! These are the prayers we make at the Kagyu
Monlam, which is why this symbol is the logo of the Kagyu Monlam. I
also think this might become a symbol of people having affection for
the earth and wanting to protect it.
Now I will boast a bit. As I mentioned before, I am the one who
designed this logo. I have the strong feeling that I am connected to
the natural elements. Technological devices do not agree with me. I
feel most comfortable using natural things. When I use technological
devices, my body feels rather uncomfortable, although I have no
choice but to use them.
Both the body and mind are strongly connected to the unaltered,
natural elements. Because I made this logo, I think it could
probably provide some protection against dangers from the natural
elements of the external world. But do not think that this logo
alone will protect you: if you jump into fire or water while wearing
it, you will still die. It is first and foremost a symbol that we
are not giving up on the earth.