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Buddhadharma : Spri 2007
buddhadharma| 21 |spring 2007 Buddhism just like anyone else. Of course, some Buddhists might hesitate to take up a military profession, as it requires kill- ing when it is absolutely necessary. But the main aim of an army is to defend the nation and maintain peace. And in some cases, this is not even a choice. Whatever one’s profession may be, one can do the job honestly, compassionately, and with the well-being of others in one’s heart. Right livelihood is very important, and it’s good to try to find a profession that brings greater well-being to many people and does not involve doing harm- ful things, but that is not to say someone who is not in a completely nonviolent profession can’t practice Buddhism. I think dharma practice is even more neces- sary for people who go through traumatic events, like through military battles that involve lots of death and suffering. The practice of Buddhism is not about doing this job or that job. It is about how you live your life moment by moment and day by day, in whatever situation you are in. It is about how you transform your way of being, your emotions, your reac- tions, and your habitual tendencies. Nonviolence is the essence of Bud- dhism, but that does not mean that you have to submit to injustice or can’t say or do anything if people are being subjected to gross atrocities. The notion of a bodhi- sattva is to be brave and courageous and work and fight for the benefit of beings without hatred toward anyone. When someone harms you, you should not hate him but rather understand that this person is under the sway of anger, and while his negative actions are harm- ing you a little, they’re harming him even more. He should not be an object of hatred but of compassion. Thus you can still love him and maintain no hatred. That is not to say that we should encour- age the person to act badly and allow him to bring harm to everybody around him, including himself. Trying to stop him from doing negative actions, even with some force, would probably be more helpful to him. NarayaN lieBeNSoN grady: I want to be careful with my comments because I feel strongly that veterans in this country, who have given so much of themselves, have often been treated badly, particu- larly in recent times. Although I am not questioning your intention over these last Residential Zen Arts Intensive June 26–July 29, 2007 at Zen Mountain Monastery This one-of-a-kind program dedicated to the “artless arts” of Zen will help participants deepen their appreciation of the creative process as a mirror for self-investigation. Immersed in the monastic training schedule and guided by Zen Master Daido Loori, the intensive will also include the following: • Introduction to Zen Training retreat with the ZMM staff • A week-long Photography retreat with Daido Roshi • Calligraphy with Kaz Tanahashi • Clay with Monastic Jody Hojin Kimmel • The Way of Tea with Hobai Pekarik • Voice as Practice with Meredith Monk • A weeklong Sesshin (meditation intensive) Everyone will have the opportunity to pursue individual art projects during their stay. The program is suitable for those just beginning to explore the creative process, as well as for practicing artists who wish to learn more about the Zen aesthetic and its relationship to spiritual inquiry. For more information, please call (845) 688-2228 or visit our award-winning website www.mro.org Zen Mountain Monastery • Mt Tremper, NY Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism