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Friday, July 08, 2005

Cultivate Love Without Measure

A mother, even at the risk of her own life, protects her child, her only child. In the same way should you cultivate love without measure toward all beings. You should cultivate toward the whole world--above, below, around--a heart of love unstinted, unmixed with any sense of differing or opposing interests. You should maintain this mindfulness all the time you are awake. Such a state of heart is the best in the world.

-Majjhima Nikaya

From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

-James's Comment: This perfectly explains the beautiful way that I see existence. Love is indeed the way and the light. The garbage is just as lovely as the rose as they are interdependant upon one another as all things. Such balance and harmony is bliss and brings a big, peaceful smile to my face and eyes.

-Peace to you all.

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14 comments:

Zen Unbound said...

Yes, James. But the test becomes Is the BUSH as lovely as the rose?

"James" said...

Sure, Bush is as lovely as the rose. He's a human being and I have love for all human beings. That doesn't mean I agree with everything he does/says but I do not think that Buddhism asks for blind obedience. The beautiful rose does have thorns too after all.

Zen Unbound said...

"Love without measure for all beings" should not mean you agree with any of these beings. It is UNMIXED with issues of differing or opposing interests. I am pretty sure this is meant to be understood as one's feelings for others is fully unencumbered with the psychodrama of ordinary life.

Thus, we are to see past the rose's thorns and Bush's policies.

"James" said...

Tom,

I think that we agree here. I think that we're geting caught up in semantics. I love Bush for who he is but I do not think that we should look past his policies if we feel those policies are harmful to the country/world.

Amadeus said...

Soon Bush and Rove will be on trial for leaking a CIA operative's identity. I love Bush and Rove now--I certainly will love them more then. Once they are in prison, I will then move past the thorny mess they have left our country in and enjoy the blossom that will emerge in their void. Oh, I feel so mindful tonight.
~Amadeus

Amadeus said...

BTW: Just caught the re-run of Monday's White House Press Conference on CSPAN. I love Scott McClellan too. Boy O'boy was he floating in Bush Administration feces today. Seems reporters were asking questions old Scotty just couldn't seem to answer. ~Amadeus

Zen Unbound said...

I am not meaning to suggest we should ignore Bush's policies -- just that this is separate from our love and appreciation for him (and for others).

Amadeus said...

Oh I agree with you on this Tom--I love and appreciate Bush and his volumtuous buddy more now that they are being exposed for violating national security. It is something that I have always suspected. Good that the system is working.

To go on, I have really come to love and appreciate Rove now more than ever, especially for being such a complete fool to get caught telling our country's secrets. I will have trmendous compassion for him as he is thrown into the slammer in the same cell as Bubba--or is he Bubba?.

You are correct that we should have love and appreciation for everyone seperate from what they do or advocate. Of course, when we have a pair of bozos like Rove and Bush playing a role in making the GOP look like a bunch of jackasses, they are a whole lot easier to love. Don't you think?

~Amadeus

Day 2 of Scotty McClellan stonewalling. Uhmm, kind of like a replay of Watergate. I am betting there are some secret tapes somewhere.

Amadeus said...

Coming soon! Watch George and Karl blossom into a pair of defendants

Zen Unbound said...

Arrrrrgh. God is Mad! A madman! Ya!

ash said...

"Organic feelings" by Thich Nhat Hanh

"Our practice is based on the insight of non-duality. Both our negative feelings and positive feelings are organic and belong to the same reality. So there is no need to fight; we only need to embrace and take care. Therefore, in the Buddhist tradition, meditation does not mean you tranform yourself into a battlefield, with teh good fighting the evil. This is very important. You may think that you have to combat evil and chase it out of your heart and mind. But this is wrong. The practice is to tranform youself. If you don't have garbage, you have nothing to use in order to make compost. And if you have no compost, you have nothing to nourish the flower in you. You need the suffering, the afflictions in you. Since they are organic, you know that you can transform them and make good use of them."


I thought to replace the "negative" and "positive" with:

relative and diffintive

or

quantitative and qualitative

or

connotative and denotative

Zen Unbound said...

Ash,

Yes. The question then becomes one of how does one apply these feelings/principles from the personal to the universal?

I think some of my bloggy bretheran are making a great distinction between the personal and the universal.

Since the fight in the Public Square is 'on' and is certainly ongoing, whether or not we participate, others would argue -- and I cannot disagree -- that it is appropriate for us to engage in the discussion. There are suffering people out there; we can make this a better world by changes in policies. These changes are not mere rearrangements of the deck chairs on the Titanic; they can be meaningful.

I would 'argue' that we should change our manner to 'big picture,' taking better care not to vilify those whom we disagree with. And to be open to the truths in others words, including those who may seem repugnant by their deeds.

I am right about this, of course. And those who disagree with me are stupid idiots.

ash said...

Hello, and yes, I have to say that it is truly organic. That may be as universal as I can get.

"James" said...

Tom,

Yes, we are all intelligent idiots. :)

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