The Blame Game

Wake Up and Laugh!

As soon as you concern yourself with the “good” and “bad” of your fellows,
you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter.
Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weakens and defeats you.

Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace, page 55 

 

This is such a wonderful verse. Like other truly profound teachings, it causes everything within me to settle deep down. It’s a lot like the deep-centered feeling of sitting in the full lotus posture (assuming one isn’t being tormented by rending knee pain!) 

I think the reason for this is that it acknowledges and reinforces the fundamental truth of our lives: that we are not separate.  We’re living together as one, and anything I direct towards someone else is felt equally (or more!) by myself.  It’s as if we’re living in the same room, breathing the same air, and eating from the same plate.  If I said I was…

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Because of Others

A friend of mine posted this verse from Daehaeng Kun Sunim, and I thought it was so nice that I’d share it here. Particularly after the hard year it’s been around the world, I thought this was nice to read. 

Because of Others

Trees breathe in carbon dioxide, and give us oxygen,
we breathe in oxygen and give the trees carbon dioxide,
each one always helping the other to live.

If you understand the implications of this,
you will realize that
no matter someone is rich,
or poor and suffering hardships
they exist because you exist
you exist because they exist.
Each and every being is so precious.
The good things you see
enable you to give rise to thoughts
The bad things you see
also enable you to give rise to thoughts.
All the things you encounter are helping you.

Is there even one single thing that isn’t your teacher?
There are many wicked people in the world,
thieves and thugs abound,
yet even these people are not separate from you.
If you raise a good thought for them,
sooner or later even they will escape from that level.
The same is true for all seen and unseen beings.
Although it may seem like they have no karmic affinity with you,
that they have no good seed for you to reach out and connect with,
their only true crime is ignorance.

Thus if you share your kind heart with them,
sooner or later it will bear fruit.
This is compassion.
How could someone just say “They have nothing to do with me?”
If you are engaged in spiritual practice,
how could one person be a foe,
and another a supporter?
Just keep trying your best to put this into practice.
Then, like the sun shining without reasons or conditions.
Your heart will shine forth upon all.
~ Daehaeng Kun Sunim