What does it mean to LIVE SIMPLE?

It does not mean leaving the world behind to live a life of self-sufficiency in the forest
It does not mean casting off material possessions, property or money
It does not mean just hanging around, not getting involved

Instead, Live Simple is an attitude: a way of life that you can choose and that will help you to be more peaceful and content. It is to remember that the process of life itself is simple, that everything happens as it should – no more, no less – with no complications.

To Live Simple also means to be close to nature, to be part of nature as human beings are intended to be, contributing to protecting the environment and living with other species in harmony. In the midst of a cleaner atmosphere and abundant nature, humans can only be healthier, happier and more spiritually prosperous.

As His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa once said: "Getting back to nature and making up for the damage that humanity has done to the earth over the past two centuries is something I always worry about and always prioritize. We need to aware that all species are living together, therefore we ought to respect other species, protect nature and live in harmony with the environment. Happiness comes from a profound understanding that environmental protection can only come from each person's awareness and action. Nature and humanity are, and should be, one."

With the same belief, CHANGE/350.org Vietnam and Thang Long Youth Club (YDA Vietnam)(*) will launch the Live Simple campaign this September, aiming to urge people to Live Simple, be closer to nature and protect the environment together. We hope the public will welcome this meaningful campaign.

(*) Thang Long Youth Club (YDA Vietnam) is a group of young volunteers from Mandala Tay Thien (Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc), who wish to contribute for positive and sustainable community development through practical actions such as environmental protection, education, aid and volunteering. The activities are inspired by the good deeds of His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual leader of the Drukpa Lineage and a well-known activist.

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