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Buddhadharma : Fall 2011
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly fall 2 0 11 6 The third principle is commitment to truth, which, as the guardian of the first two principles, is especially susceptible to attack. Every day, distortion and dis- information reverberate through cyber- space to justify militarism, economic pillage, and the assault on social justice. Wealth controls the mainstream media, which bend over backward to serve the interests of wealth. I harp on problems that have politi- cal and economic repercussions because these problems are real, painful, and persistent. For millions of people both in the U.S . and abroad, these constitute the noble truth of suffering. They testify to the deep spiritual and moral bank- ruptcy of our culture whereby an inner destitution at the top pushes social and economic destitution down on those in the lower ranks, who are often bullied by the corporate media to act against their own interests. Will we quietly pass over such injustices or will we stand up for their victims? In his 1967 speech “Beyond Viet- nam,” Martin Luther King said: “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar [but] comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” I would add that true compassion is more than just cultivat- ing a beautiful emotion in the heart. Lovey-dovey sweetness is nowhere near enough. Many of our edifices drastically need restructuring if we are to leave behind a livable and humane planet. As heirs to the Buddha’s teaching, we are called with compelling urgency to the task of envisaging the new structures needed to protect human life on earth. We have to create communities, both locally and globally, that express wisdom, care, and compassion. The word dharma means not just Buddhism but the whole body of principles that support human beings and draw out our best potentials. To be itself, karuna, “compassion,” must eventuate in karana, “doing.” Our work may begin with transforming our own minds and values but it cannot stop there. We have to go further and manifest these in action—in deeds that will build a safer, kinder, and more just world. 30 CHURCH STREET, BARNET, VERMONT 05821 samadhicushions.com 1.800.331.7751 A COMPLETE ONLINE SOURCE FOR MEDITATORS. SINCE 1975. 000582 582 582 5 00 AAARN RN RN TTT, BA BA BA i 3 VE VE VE 30303030 TRE TRE TREEEE CHU CHU CHURRRCCCHS HS HSTTT NT0 TT0 111 EEETTT MON MON MON Don’t just do somethinngg. Sit there. MEDITATION CUSHIONS MEDITATION BENCHES GONGS INCENSE MALAS MEDITATION TABLES BOOKS AND MEDIA BEGINNER SETS Sales support Karmê Chöling here in Vermont and other Shambhala Buddhist Centers worldwide. INSIGHT MEDITATION SOCIETY 1230 Pleasant Street, Barre MA 01005 • 978.355.4378 • www.dharma.org • email@example.com VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR RETREAT CENTER AND FOREST REFUGE SCHEDULES Enter the refuge of an IMS retreat Experience silence and simplicity Strengthen awareness and kindness Build a foundation for wise and compassionate action