HHDL on ending racism

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HHDL on ending racism

Post by joy&peace » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:02 pm

(vid link at end)

He speaks very softly, so one must become very quiet to hear ;

yet I found it so beautiful

I also liked it was the same as my own conclusion; in a word : more effort.

Thich Nhat Hanh has written about the energy of mindfulness and love ;

I do feel these connect very nicely:

In Buddhism there is the concept of non-action, or Wu-wei, which can be very powerful when applied at the appropriate times

as I would put it - Rest, so that when you are needed, you will have your full energy:

maybe years, or decades, or even further into the future from now;

Several observations from nature exemplify this ; squirrels, who sleep 18 hours a day, yet are very active and skilled when awake;

or cats, who lie around all day -

A fish eagle in Africa, who needs only hunt 10 minutes a day -

As human beings, with such vast intelligence, we may surely do a little better.

Yet despite the value of non-action ;

Aversion never ends aversion - - -

Only loving-kindness ends aversion.

So this is my interpretation of HHDL's insight.

I have found this as well - - not arguing ;

after all, arguing with others is so much like arguing with oneself!

But simply, showing loving-kindness ; I liken this to the sun in June. . .

in the analogy of sunflowers ; in April they are not there,

so we may think there are no sunflowers there ;

but the famers know they are there, in the ground,

they have all the ingredients except for one : the Sun in June.

So share loving-kindness, and so many wonderful traits in others will blossom,

If one learns to do so with all alike, as the scriptures say, like the tree shades all, or the rain falls upon all equally.

Anyway, for these reasons I was so glad when I heard him say this.

For all:


in the talk, HHDL touches upon other topics, including lineage and democracy, but for this thread, my intent is to open discussion about his wisdom on ending racism.

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Re: HHDL on ending racism

Post by MalaBeads » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:01 pm

A lovely post, joyandpeace.

I am well aware of my idiocy. I am also very aware that you too are an idiot. Therein lies our mutuality.

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Re: HHDL on ending racism

Post by joy&peace » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:22 pm

ty friend

am traveling ;

peace & love to all
Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate bodhi svaha

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