Established in 2011, Holding Earth Sangha was created to foster earth-based meditation practices for self, tribe, and earth healing. Currently we are home to the South Whidbey Island Zen group, and practice together on Thursday evenings from 6 - 8pm.
Written by Thich Nhat Hahn
The Lotus Sutra mentions the name of a special bodhisattva--Dharanimdhara, or Earth Holder--as someone who preserves and protects the Earth.
Earth Holder is the energy that is holding us together as an organism. She is a kind of engineer or architect whose task is to create space for us to live in, to build bridges for cross from one side to the other, to construct roads so that we can go to the people we love. Her task is to further communication between human beings and the other species and to protect the environment.
We should recognize this bodhisattva in order to collarborate with her. We should all create a new chapter for her, because Earth Holder is so desperately needed in this era of globalization.
Thich Nhat Hahn, The World We Have, pp.8-9.