Eco-Dharma provides a framework for understanding the interdependence between our natural environment and us. This way of thinking – this acceptance that our existence and well-being is connected to the existence and well-being of the physical and natural world we live in – is essential to responsible environmental decision-making.

One of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism is that no one being or entity exists independent of its surroundings. As an organization founded by a socially engaged Buddhist and rooted in the Buddhist concepts of interdependence, mindfulness, and compassion, the Pure Water Project strives to adhere to the principles of eco-dharma.
At the Pure Water Project, we do not think of clean drinking water simply as a commodity. We do not think of clean drinking water as a means to an end.

As we plan our water projects, our immediate goal is to bring cleaning drinking water as quickly and efficiently to communities who desperately need it. But, at every stage of our planning, we are mindful of our ecological impact. Careful consideration is given to calculating appropriate water demands. With our post-implementation partners on the ground, we also work with village leaders, women, and children to emphasize conservation and responsible water use.

While we at the Pure Water Project believe that the availability of clean drinking water is a basic human right, we do not think it should be taken for granted. By incorporating the principles of eco-dharma in our work, we are hopeful that this will not happen.