Happy 4th July

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Happy 4th July

Post by plwk » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:48 am

To all of the American friends here...

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"But what, sire, is the duty of an Ariyan wheel-turning monarch?"
"It is this, my son:
Yourself depending on the Dhamma,
honouring it,
revering it,
cherishing it,
doing homage to it and
venerating it,
having the Dhamma as your badge and banner,
acknowledging the Dhamma as your master,
you should establish guard,
ward and protect according to Dhamma
for your own household, your troops, your nobles and vassals,
for Brahmins and householders, town and country folk,
ascetics and Brahmins, for beasts and birds.

Let no crime prevail in your kingdom,
and those who are in need, give property.
And whatever ascetics and Brahmins in your kingdom
have renounced the life of sensual infatuation and are
devoted to forbearance and gentleness,
each one calming himself and each one striving for the end of craving,
if from time to time they should come to you and consult you as to
what is wholesome and what is unwholesome,
what is blameworthy and what is blameless,
what is to be followed and what is not to be followed,
and what action will in the long-run lead to harm and
what to welfare and happiness,
you should listen, and tell them to avoid evil and do what is good.
That, my son, is the duty of an Ariyan Wheel-Turning Monarch.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, Friday, January 20, 1961

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Re: Happy 4th July

Post by Pema Rigdzin » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:10 am

Thanks, plwk!

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