Don’t get mad, don’t get even. //- Master Hsing Yun, “Don’t Get Mad, Don’t Get Even”
If we want to succeed in life and bring about a more peaceful world, we must learn to control our emotions and not to be affected by a moment of anger.
Anonymous (via zentaku)
Let us all embody the virtues of the Bodhisattvas:
Striving to live these through our actions and words is to help all realize the true illuminating power of the Buddha-mind.
Quan Yin is the Goddess/Bodhisattva/Immortal/Deity-in-General who inspires me the most right now. It’s convenient for me that she’s the patroness of vegetarians, too. ;)
Image taken from Lightworkers.org.
Kuan Yin the patroness of vegetarians? Never heard that one before, but…yeah. I’m down with that.
If we consider our practice to be “spiritual” only when it takes place in the context of formal meditations, we are missing how critical daily relationships are to our awakening. We are avoiding the disturbing, exciting and confusing emotions that are whipped up in relationships. We are avoiding facing how easily the loving, peaceful person at a silent retreat can turn into an angry and hurtful person when in contact with another human being.Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, p. 287
Those who are devotional by nature might seek safety and refuge in the living spirit of the Buddha’s awakened heart and mind. Much like praying to Christ or the Divine Mother, we can take refuge in a being or presence that cares about our suffering. In taking this first refuge, I sometimes say, “I take refuge in the Beloved” and surrender into what I experience as the boundlessness of compassion. When I am feeling fear, I surrender it to the Beloved. By this, I am not trying to get rid of fear, but rather letting go into a refuge that is vast enough to hold my fear with love.Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, p. 175
…My feelings are more mixed. I feel sad for his wife and for his kids, who have lost a husband and a father. From the sounds of it, Breitbart’s schedule was insane; indeed, as Andrew Sullivan noted, he may have worked himself to death. Which would make Breitbart a symptom of the sickness of our times in more ways than one.
Am I angry at Breitbart for his role in the farcical pantomime that is modern American politics? Yeah. But I’d wish that something other than an untimely death had stopped him. A personal reckoning, or a spiritual awakening of some kind. Perhaps a massive heart attack that led him to conclude he should spend what little time he might have left on this Earth being a dude and a dad.
Equating spiritual purity with elimination of desire is a common misunderstanding I also see in students on the Buddhist path….if we push away our desire, we disconnect form our tenderness and we harden against life. We become like a “rock in winter”. When we reject desire, we reject the very source of our love and aliveness.Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance