"When understood, the Buddha’s universe..is anything but alien and inhibiting. It is a world full of hope, where everything we need to do can be done and everything that matters is within human reach. It is a world where kindness, unselfishness, non-violence, and compassion achieve what self-interest and arrogance cannot. It is a world where any human can be happy in goodness and the fullness of giving." ❦ Eknath Easwara

December 2, 2011

A Buddhist Vision of the Beatitudes

Blessed are the merciful, for they have learned how to be merciful to themselves.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they have looked into their heart of darkness and smiled with the wisdom of a Buddha.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they have transformed the war in their own hearts.

Blessed are they who mourn, for through suffering they will seek and find the path to release.

Blessed are the poor (the beggars) in spirit, for they will discover the kingdom of heaven is already within.

Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for they have learned to let go of persecuting the unrighteousness of others.

Blessed are the meek, for they have learned the joy of letting go of self and of finding self in others.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after liberation, for they have found the desire that leads to the end of all entrapments.

Steve Goodheart
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