Certainly, decisions about war and peace are made by people, people we could name-and blame-as culprits. I wonder, though, if we are not best served by naming ignorance as the enemy to be defeated, even as we act firmly to oppose what we see as wrongdoing in the world, what we recognize as causing pain. This would leave us without human enemies, with only confused people needing help. --Sylvia Boorstein What are you noticing about the impetus to condemn those who act in a detestable, even criminal manner? (This notion is a challenge for me in the wake of the Charlottesville riot and terrorist attack.) ... for Mindful Monday ... Source: "There Is No Blame," Lion's Roar, 1/26/16 issue Photo credit: "no enemy," Heidi De Vries, 2005. Curated by Donna Pierce
"What a relief it was for me to go to my first meditation retreat and hear people who seemed quite happy speak the truth so clearly – the First Noble Truth that life is difficult and painful, just by its nature, not because we’re doing it wrong.” --Sylvia Boorstein, as quoted by Jack Kornfield What are you noticing about "doing it wrong" ? ... for Mindful Monday Source: Kornfield, Jack. The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology. New York: Bantam Dell, 2008, p. 126. Photo credit: "Meditation," Konstantin Stepanov, 2012.