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.
Humility is life’s central pillar. Without it our ego puffs up. Our head swells like a hot air balloon. We fly away into another reality and lose our friends. Life becomes very lonely. As ego […]