4th of July commemorates American independence. Lincoln said it eloquently during the American Civil War in his Gettysburg Address, “… a government of the people, by the people, and for the people….” He was referring to all the people. Bodhicitta informs us that we are all equally important. This country was built on the blood, sweat, and tears of immigrants from every country and every corner of the world. This country is maintained by former immigrants for every country in the world. We respect them all and give everyone equal opportunity, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or creed. This is enshrined in the American constitution and in our way of life. This is respect for all living beings. It is compassion for all living beings. It is love for all living beings. These are our guiding principles from which we shall never waver.
Never forget the joy, even if you are not feeling it, remember it. This is our true default setting – joy and love. Even remembering it can help lift the cloud, at least a little. […]
When we are happy we get excited. When we are down we get sad. But why? Learning equanimity with the eight worldly concerns is important, at least to try. They are: reputation and disgrace; praise […]