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Buddhadharma : Summer 2019
58 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLY Before I wrote this poem, I spent a long time looking deeply. If we are not reconciled with our killers at the time of death, it is extremely painful to die. When we feel reconciled and have some compassion for them, we suffer much less. One of my students, Nhat Chi Mai, immolated herself as a call to the two warring parties to sit down together and end the war. Before she set fire to her self she read this poem into a tape recorder twice. When we look deeply into the nature of inter dependence and see that the person harming us is also a victim—of his family, his society, his envi ronment—understanding arises naturally. With understanding there is empathy and reconciliation. Understanding always leads to love. When we have love and compassion, we do not have anger and we do not suffer. Our fear, anxiety, sorrow, despair, and hopelessness are what cause us to suf fer. The ability to see the interdependent nature of all things leads to compassion in our hearts and keeps us from suffering, even when people betray us and cause us harm. When we are able to love others in spite of their misdeeds, we are already a bodhisattva. Compassion grows in us from even the small est acts. If while practicing walking meditation we see that we are about to step on a worm and we stop to avoid it or step over it, we know that compassion is already in us. If we practice looking deeply and live our daily lives in an awakened way, our compassion will grow day by day. A phrase in the Lotus Sutra encapsulates this: “Looking at all beings with the eyes of compassion.” When we look at trees, rocks, clouds, the sky, humans, and animals with the eyes of love, we know that