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Buddhadharma : Fall 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2 0 08 8 (DETAIlOFBuji)COllECTIONOFJOHNMCgEEANDAlExANDREAVDOUlOV qualities were needed. Buddha counseled that when a society comes together to make decisions in harmony, when it honors its elders and the wise ways they have established, when it cares for its most vulnerable members, and when it respects the environment and listens to its citizens, it can be expected to prosper and not decline. From a quiet heart, you can look and see how society treats its most vulnerable members and whether it is acting in ways that foster greed, hate, fear, and ignorance. You can begin to identify what you can do nationally and internationally to support generosity and respect, to minimize violence, and to end racism and exploitation. Once you have looked clearly, you can dedicate yourself to helping to bring about a wise and compassionate society. This is a bodhisattva’s act. Like setting the compass of the heart, this dedication expresses your deepest values. If you set a longterm intention, it remains empowering no matter who wins a particular election or what governments rise and fall. It becomes your way of practice. A.T. Ariyaratane, a Buddhist elder known as the Gandhi of Sri Lanka, is a beautiful example of a longterm intention. After twenty years of civil war, the Norwegians helped broker a peace treaty. Ariyaratane called together a huge gathering of 650,000 followers, where he proposed a fivehundredyear peace plan, saying, “The Buddha teaches we must understand causes and conditions. It’s taken us five hundred years to create the suffering that we are in now.” Ariyaratane described the effects of four hundred years of colonialism, of five hundred years of struggle between Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists, and of several centuries of economic disparity. He went on, “Therefore, it will take us five hundred years to change these conditions.” Ariyaratane then offered his practical longterm plan to rebuild and heal the nation. Sitting quietly, seeing clearly, you can ask, what is my own vision? At Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Sylvia Boorstein has taught a class called Informed Citizenship as Spiritual Practice. She encourages people to ask, what can I do as a wisdom holder, as a bodhisattva, to best contribute to the world in these times? It might be registering people to vote, or working politically, or speaking up and making your vision heard in your community or in the government. It might be planting an organic garden or creating a conscious business or making art. As a contemplative, you are already involved in radical change; as an activist, you have to find a way to offer your practice to society and to empower those around you. The Buddha’s teachings encourage us to act. Do not doubt that your good actions will bear fruit. Gandhi reminds us: “I claim to be no more than an average person with less than av erage ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have if he or she would simply make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.” Jack kornfield is co-founder of the insight Meditation Society and Spirit rock Meditation center. His latest book is The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology (Bantam, 2008). Change Your Life In One Afternoon. Unlock The Power And Greatness Within Yourself. Zen Master Genpo Merzel Can Show You How. Books, DVDs, Live Events Visit: www.genpo.org “An empowering approach for accessing the heart teachings of Zen and other religions.” — Publishers Weekly Big Mind Big Heart The Path of the Human Being Genpo Roshi’s latest set of DVDs Featuring his groundbreaking teachings. $69.95 UU AA WW ZZ MM YY i g i n di