Friday, May 20, 2011

The Source of Happiness

"Love, compassion and concern for others are real sources of happiness. If you have these in abundance, you will not be disturbed even by the most uncomfortable circumstances. If you nurse hatred, however, you will not be happy even in the lap of luxury. Thus, if we really want happiness, we must widen the sphere of love. This is both spiritual thinking and basic common sense." H.H. Dalai Lama
Is it true that all demons are within? Is the outward manifestation of our existence a reflection of our inner thoughts - our inner existence? And, if this is true, why is Tibet,a culture rooted in love and compassion for all beings, suffering the incursion of an extremely hostile force (ie. the Chinese military) which is inflicting murder and torture, the indignities of reeducation/indoctrination, and new laws aimed at smothering the elegant Tibetan culture - outlawing the teaching of the Tibetan language in public schools, restricting herds and grazing areas to nomads, and miltary presence and Chinese spy monks inside the most sacred temples and monasteries are just a few.
Perhaps it's not so important to know the reasons for these things. Perhaps they are beyond our current ability to reason them out. However it may be important to do something about the situation.
The Buddhist view would be the action of non-action. That in working to perfect ourselves through the cultivation of compassion and absolute wisdom through meditation then the manifestation of our outer, relative existence will necessarily cause the outer expression of our world to likewise change.
According to history the Buddha faced the worst of all demons just before his enlightenment. Perhaps this is being mirrored in Tibets current state of affairs. The blackest darkness just before the dawn. Considering the state of the world however, and that we seem to be sliding quickly into degenerate times where greed and the love of power are coming to climax, the undeniable and unstoppable force of the Chinese machine craving the vast untapped treasure of mineral deposits and the headwaters of almost all the major rivers of Asia that originate in the Tibetan Himalayas there is little the Tibetans themselves can do. I have been to Tibet many times. The Tibetans continue to pray for others, to cultivate compassion, to forgive their enemies. They are easily overtaken.
As a lone individual here in the West there is little I can do. I pray for the Tibetans with the faith that all prayers are answered. I pray that compassion will not die but grow everywhere. I pray for the light of wisdom that will dispel the darkness of ignorance and confusion among all beings. I have helped to rebuild a monastery in a remote area of Tibet with the intention that a future Buddha will study and practice there. And now we will attempt to raise money to build the first in a series of private schools for nomad girls. We have a promise from the village elders that 108 nomad girls in the area will attend. We have a promise from the monastic community that they will oversee construction and operation of the first school; that they will teach the Tibetan language so it will not die in Tibet, the Chinese language so they can easily communicate with the influx of Chinese, the English language so they can communicate with the world, math, science, philosophy, art and computer skills so they become more highly educated than the local Chinese. We are teaching girls because we know that if girls are educated, they will make sure that their children become educated.
These are desperate times for the Tibetans. It is like a blade of grass trying to stop a steamroller. After blades of grass trees will grow. Enough trees will stop a mere steamroller.

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