Whether people are beautiful and friendly or unattractive and disruptive, ultimately they are human beings, just like oneself. Like oneself, they want happiness and do not want suffering. Furthermore, their right to overcome suffering and be happy is equal to one’s own. Now, when you recognize that all beings are equal in both their desire for happiness and their right to obtain it, you automatically feel empathy and closeness
She calls to me from the balcony – using the wrong vowel – during her four o’clock cigarette break. I tell her I can’t stay long, immediately wishing I hadn’t, but she understands. Her yellowed fingers pet my dog as she hunchback mumbles I’ve been looking for you. Where have you been? After her partial burns to the filter, we weave through wheelchairs and walkers and she waves a Miss
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the
The Amitabha Stupa in Sedona, Arizona is 36 feet tall and filled with rolls of prayer mantra, grains, medicines, objects of beauty, and even meteorites, all to protect and replenish the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and space. Consecrated and sacred, the stupa serves as a beacon of compassion designed to overcome the misery and delusion of attachment, all while casting healing prayers for the betterment of mankind.