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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dalai lama spoke up


 I had not heard any response from Buddhist leaders about this ("Buddhists" attacking muslims in Myanmar) before now, I am grateful for his words. But I have not looked for speeches about this either, so it is not fair to think others have not already spoken.

Following that I have to be reminded that forgiveness is the greatest thing anyone can do, and fanning the flames by speaking is not beneficial.

I am not a leader, but I am out there, at least for some people, and I am accountable in the spirit realm, where the "guidelines" are elegant - Sensei, who is a leader would point out that we are not there so we cannot know what is really happening and cannot judge anyone regardless because we do not know their experiences or the ripples of their actions ( we don't even know the ripples of our own actions unless reported to us secondhand, the ripple effect is not seen by the stone as it enters the water. )

Also as we discussed yesterday in the sangha skype meeting, we guide our ripples by cultivating generosity compassion and wisdom via the noble eightfold path. We tame train guard and restrain the mind providing the nuture that such a thing needs to become strong, stable, incisive and flexible. Part of that guarding is to be present now, to focus on positive, helpful information. It sounds as though we would turn our backs on bad news and disregard the suffering of others, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. As we improve our own being we counteract suffering via the ripple effect.

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