Wednesday, 24 May 2017


115. The daily news is full of reminders of the destructive power of greed, hatred and ignorance. The daily response of the Zen practitioner is to keep on working at countering these forces, in one's own self, and in others. This is in keeping with the Bodhisattva vow to 'save all beings'. The vow aims to be inclusive: 'all beings', even those called 'enemies'. Here there can be no room for thinking in terms of 'us' and 'them'.  And it is in keeping with the Christian imperative to 'love one's enemies'. This might seem to be impossibly idealistic. Yet to aim at anything less is certain to keep us trapped in a never ending cycle of violence.   

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