"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

January 14, 2012

Buddhist Insight into Effective Social Protest and Change

“When we attack injustice, cruelty, and suffering with intolerance and loathing, we make the mistake of believing that hatred can generate compassion and goodness.  Hatred is suffering, and can only perpetuate suffering, not alleviate it. Change that arises from duality is change in content only -- the what’s change, but the how’s remain the same. The oppressed become the oppressors. We only change roles.

Profound change—change in *how* we do not what we do—happens only with complete acceptance—acceptance that goes beyond the dualities of right and wrong, them and us, good and bad.  This acceptance demands our full attention, our complete willingness, our unconditional love, and our deepest wisdom and compassion. There is nothing passive about it.”

Zen teacher Cheri Huber

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