“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Sunday, May 25, 2014

New Link

I have added a link to Bhante Sujato's blog. I referenced his blog before on May 1st. He and Ajahn Brahm are great feminists in Buddhism today. His post of May 23 includes a talk by Ajahn Brahm that was banned from the United Nations Day of Vesak conference perhaps because it challenges Buddhists around the world to be aware of and responsible for the Dhamma regarding women and how that would impact the world at large.

For me it highlights the ordination experience and our worldview at Great Determination. I am so fortunate to be the student of a bhikkhuni who questions everything and acts from the Dhamma nothing else. The concerns of activists are a great temptation to anyone participating in the world we live in and all of us must choose at each moment to act in accordance with the generosity compassion and wisdom we have cultivated in our practice.  The temptation comes from the appeal of passion. But the clarity we gain in practice reveals that passion obscures reality. It puts blinders on those who allow it. Furthermore,  "Don't resist or push away, soften," is the principle of spiritual aikido we advocate here. Stop arguing, just do it, and be kind in response to opposition.

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