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.
The world is changing rapidly and will never be the same. We know this from a Buddhist and eastern perspective of impermanence. Now it is hitting us in the face with new stark realities seen […]
We are down to the last pair of the 8 worldly activities, pleasure and pain. While it is not bad to enjoy pleasure, getting too attached and being “led by the nose” disrupts our life. […]