Excerpted from What Makes You Not a Buddhist, ©2008, by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche:
One day a monk noticed a tear in Gautama Buddha’s robe and offered to stitch it, but Buddha refused his offer. He kept walking and begging alms in his torn robe. When he headed toward the hideout of a destitute woman, the monks were puzzled because they knew that she had no alms to offer. When she saw his torn robe, the woman offered to mend it with what little string she had. Siddhartha accepted and declared that her virtue would allow her to be reborn in her next life as a queen of the heavens. Many people who heard this story were inspired to acts of generosity of their own.
There’s a very similar story in Christianity. From Mark 12: 41-44:
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Mona liked this fortune enough that she taped it to her desk. 🙂
Sometimes a song invokes a certain feeling, even if the narrative isn’t clear.
Full lyrics HERE.
“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ~anonymous
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” ~Charles Mackay, in Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowd ©1841, available for free at Project Gutenberg
Masculine: “Brother from Another Mother”
Feminine: “Sister from Another Mister”
Neutral: “Sib from Another Crib.”
“If we’re not too confused or hard on ourselves, we will discover the sanity beyond habitual reactions. Identifying less with habits and more with our basic nature lightens things up. With more space in our mind, we take our reactions less seriously. We can watch them the way we would watch children at play– knowing they will quickly wear themselves out.” ~Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
It is opposed by the Catholic, Baptist, and Mormon churches. They argue that discrimination is such a fundamental part of their religion that they will be unable to practice their faith without it.
Most of us were taught as children to respect other people’s religions, but I reject wholeheartedly any belief system that marginalizes or hurts people.
What these people have done is build a false idol of their own prejudices and insecurities, and insist on worshiping it as if it came from God. It’s a sad combination of ridiculous and pitiful, and it should not be honored, respected, or protected.
“He saw her before he saw anything else in the room.” ~Francis Scott Fitzgerald, One Interne (1932)
This was excerpted from The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick, ©2010. He was writing about the difficulty in finding accurate historical depictions when taken years after an event, but he could just as easily have been writing a treatise on karma:
“We interact with one another as individuals responding to a complex haze of factors: professional responsibilities, personal likes and dislikes, ambition, jealousy, self-interest, and, in at least some instances, genuine altruism. Living in the here and now, we are awash with sensations of the present, memories of the past, and expectations and fears for the future. Our actions are not determined by any one cause; they are the fulfillment of who we are at that particular moment. After that moment passes, we continue to evolve, to change, and our memories of that moment inevitably change with us as we live with the consequences of our past actions, consequences we were unaware of at the time.”