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Where Has All The Wisdom Gone?

Where Has All The Wisdom Gone?

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The U.S. President now wants Congress to authorize the use of military force in Iraq, again. Having ended “combat operations” (murder) in 2014, now we are supposed to go back in again because of the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL.

Why did the Islamic State come into existence in the first place? Because our troops were invading Iraq. What is the only thing we can do to support and grow the Islamic State? By sending troops to fight them. We guarantee their continued existence and growth by fighting them. If they had no one to fight, they would die on the vine.

The Islamic State lacks the support of the vast majority of Moslems and ordinary Moslems would put an end to the Islamic State if we Westerners would just get out of the Middle East. By sending troops in again, we add fuel to the fire and guarantee that war will continue to consume lives. And we drive peace-loving Moslems into the camps of the Islamic State.

It doesn’t require the wisdom of a Buddha to see that hatred cannot be defeated with hatred. All we have to do is leave those people alone, and peace to the region will return. Peace, not war, is the natural position of repose of human beings. It was the U.S. that violated international law by invading Iraq under false premises. Peace cannot be restored by more war. The aggressor needs to go home and stay home.

May all beings be well, happy, calm and peaceful. (The wise Buddhist mantra of lovingkindness)

We have to fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here. (The foolish American mantra of  hatred) Home of the brave? Home of the fearful is closer to the truth.

Mindfulness of Feelings Zen

Mindfulness of Feelings Zen

Step Five – Taming the Ox The Sixth Dharma Realm The whip and rope are necessary, else he might stray off down some dusty road. Being well trained, he becomes naturally gentle, then, unfettered, he obeys his master. Taming the Ox Mindfulness of Feelings The sixth dharma realm is the dharma realm. Counting from the… Continue Reading

54 prostration verses for Zen

54 prostration verses for Zen

A complete Buddhist practice, in my opinion, includes a prostration practice. Complete instructions on how to perform a prostration are found under the heading Prostrations under Advanced Zen. There you will also find a video of three very fast prostrations. We suggest preforming each prostration much slower. To avoid the tedious process of counting fifty… Continue Reading

Zen And Eating Meat

Zen And Eating Meat

Becoming a vegetarian is the single most effective thing that a single individual can do to inhibit global warming. It dwarfs the impact of switching light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent or LEDs, driving more fuel efficient or electric cars, using Energy Star appliances, putting solar panels on our roofs, and so on. Some researchers… Continue Reading

Zen Breathing: Diversity to Unity

Zen Breathing: Diversity to Unity

Step one of Tranquil Wisdom meditation – In the words of the Buddha: “Mindful he breathes in, mindful he breathes out.” That’a about as simple an instruction as possible. The key word is of course “mindful.” Throughout the day, we breathe without thinking about it. Step two: Awareness of long and short breaths In the… Continue Reading

Two Views of Anapanasati Zen

Two Views of Anapanasati Zen

Of course the Zen school did not arise until a thousand or more years after the Buddha had passed away. However, in keeping with our use of the word “Zen” as meaning meditation, which it does, it is OK and accurate to refer to Anapanasati meditation. (We don’t want the search engines looking for “Zen”… Continue Reading

Zen darkness and light

Zen darkness and light

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that forgetfulness is the darkness, mindfulness is the light. Trouble is, most people have no idea what forgetfulness is. I have a good memory, they say, I am not at all forgetful. I never forget to watch the Dallas Cowboys play on Sunday afternoon. I never forget to watch Dancing with… Continue Reading

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