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.
Our default position whenever possible is forgiveness and gratitude. Forgiveness counters arrogance and ego. This moves us towards insight and wisdom. Gratitude opens our heart to compassion. Wisdom and compassion lead to the two bodies […]
The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warm-heartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest; it is as if we open an inner door. An […]