Whether it’s the gentle splashing of the sea on a Caribbean beach or its fury on a rocky coast in Ireland, the sound of the sea is always a stirring sensory experience. For Buddhists, the sound of the sea is the primordial mantra, the oldest incantation in the world. A sound that repeats itself endlessly and a symbol for the beginnings of life itself.
And yet the sea is much more than simply a symbol. Covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, the world’s seas and oceans are the largest living space on our planet. A quarter of all known animal species live in the depths of the sea and more than half of our oxygen is produced by invisible algae in the sea (phytoplankton). And for us humans the sea is an important living space as well. Long before recorded history began, the sea gave us valuable nourishment, provided relaxation and recreation. For many the sea even provides a path towards more healthy living.