Historically, Ritoma has been home to Tibetan nomads who are closely tied to nature’s cycles, knowing that moderation helps to maintain a balance, only taking what is needed to assure their livelihood. The Buddhist worldview in this area also holds a deep respect for nature combined with the knowledge that the surrounding lands are deeply tied to identity, deserving the utmost care and respect.

For Earth Day, we wish to share personal reflections on the significance and meaning of the earth from three of Norlha’s artisans with our community across the globe. Thank you Aku Lobsang, Gompo Kyi and Dukar for their wise words.