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March 16th, 2015

I am reminded again of the difference between trying to see my way as a particular expression of a universal way and trying to insist that it IS the Universal Way.  What should define a spiritual path is the perennial wisdom it sheds light upon, a wisdom which is unitive, never divisive, compassionate, never punitive; humble, never arrogant; and moderate, never extreme.  When the unique elements of a path are taken as evidence of its superiority over other paths, it is an invitation to division, conflict, arrogance and excess.  A "missionary" religion cannot claim to be the victim of persecution when it has sown the seeds of conflict by advocating an adversarial
stance in regard to other faiths.

There are some Ways that grab my heart more than others, and i do not mind talking about those to anyone who wants to listen; but i will need both human and  divine forgiveness if i assert that those ways are superior to the ways others follow.  The avoidance of that adversarial condition must be one of the reasons why compassion, kindness, humilly, and moderation are so widely recommended by those who are wise.

Aleppo Heroes

The first responders who rush toward the explosions in Aleppo do not say whether they support the regime or the rebels.  They must be too busy trying to save lives to take sides.

"Given that we bring our entire culture and society with us when we meditate, given that when we think, we think the thoughts of our social conditioning, it follows that escaping our social setting is no longer an option for meditation practitioners. We only have one choice: we have to engage as fully as we can in our society -- in art, in culture, in the economy, in creating a sustainable future. As the Shambhala Principle makes clear, it might be the degree to which a meditator engages in every aspect of society that becomes the new standard for measuring our "enlightenment." Thus, enlightened society would be something quite simple: enlightened society is a group of people who fully understand the degree to which we are empowered to create our world. We made this world, and we can change it together."

The Shambhala Principle: We Made This World, We Can Change It | Ethan Nichtern

I am torn between the simple, practical truth described here and the naivety of taking the complex institutional web that people and groups with hugely unequal power over millenia can be altered by meditation. Read more...Collapse )



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