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Buddhadharma : Summer 2005
buddhadharma| 41 |summer 2005 well adopt the four brahmaviharas – love, compas- sion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity – as a basis for a new vinaya for the modern world. Paul haller: Yes, reaching out to others in service is a wonderful way to promote the four brahma- viharas in active expression. Charles PreBish: Especially equanimity. If we do the others properly, we end up seeing each other as the same. Paul haller: Precisely. Guy mCCloskey: In terms of equanimity, I was think- ing about the fact that although Soka Gakkai is the largest, most influential Buddhist movement in Japan today, at the end of World War II it was an organization of the poor, the sick, and the disaf- fected. The people we could have excluded have come to us in stages. Although anybody who has grown up white in American society has a racist inclination, whether intentional or not, we haven’t had to address that so much. But in 1981, I first held someone in my arms while he died of AIDS. We had members at that time who refused to allow people with AIDS to come into their homes, where our neighborhood discussion meetings are held. We had to confront that directly. Nichiren said that the model of Buddhist practice is found in the Lotus Sutra, in the guise of Bodhisattva-Never-Disparaging, who said, “I deeply respect you because you are on the path and you will eventually be a buddha. How can I discriminate against you?” Even though I certainly have discriminated against people at times in my life, I could never justify that from the Buddhist perspective. Buddhadharma: What other Buddhist teachings, besides the Lotus Sutra and the four brahmaviha- ras, teach us something about the value of reach- ing out? Paul haller: Within the Zen tradition, we have the teaching on the merging of difference and unity, the Sandokai. Difference and unity is the heart of diversity. We are all the same. We all come from the same human stock, and suffer under the human condition, and every one of us is also unique. Whether you want to call it form and emp- tiness, difference and unity, or whatever, this is an essential theme of the Chinese and the Japanese approach to practice. marlene Jones: I have found the Four Noble Truths to be extremely important in teaching people of color. Suffering, as Paul said, is the human condi- tion. I wouldn’t say that the suffering in commu- nities of color is greater than anybody else’s, but because of racism, because of struggles in surviving every day in our society, the suffering is out front. I have spent a lot of time focusing on that theme, asking, “How can we turn suffering around to liberate the world? How can we bring healing and liberation to all beings through look- ing at our experience of suffering, knowing that it’s true for all?” Suffering leads you to care and nurturing. Charles PreBish: I think it’s helpful to empha- size precepts as practice, to help people come to a greater understanding of ethics, so that once they’re able to affirm a strong ethical pattern for themselves, they can manifest that ethical pattern in society in a strong way. photo:MichAeldAvidMurphy,reproducedwithperMissionofthediAArtfoundAtion,nyc detailS of Torqued ellipses by richard Serra, 1996 – 1997 cor-ten Steel, collection of dia center for the artS