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Happy Vesak Day!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Today, on this full moon day on May 2011, people all over the world are honoring and celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and great passing of the Buddha. The Young Wisdom Project wishes you and all living beings a happy and peaceful Vesak/Visakha/Le Phat Dan Day. May you all grow in wisdom and love.

Check out the inspiring reflection on this very special day below, and don’t forget to check out the full moon tonight!

“There is, however, a mystery that still remains, one whose implications far outweigh any other. That is the mystery of Awakening. The idea, so incredibly powerful, that any ordinary human being can actually perfect themselves. That all of us have the seed within ourselves to realize the perfect, liberating Truth.

In the 2500 years since the Buddha first realized and proclaimed this, not a single person has come up with a more radical or important idea. Freedom: it is possible. We are not trapped in this suffering. There is a way out. And that way out is nothing more than self-realization through the eightfold path.

While our world grows ever more weary and cynical, this is one light that never dims. That shining prince, Siddhattha, whose story and example still exerts such a fascination on us, he realized this for himself. Though he has long been dim and uncertain as a historical figure, behind the clouds of time there is an unmistakable glory. His words, preserved for us due to the unstinting efforts of generations of Buddhists, convey the ring of truth. And his path, though overgrown with weeds, is still clearly visible.

The Buddha would not have wanted us to celebrate Vesak with big ceremonies. He would have looked for those who practice his Way. Each person who takes the path to heart and truly embodies it becomes a light for the world.

May that person be you!”

(from www.sujato.wordpress.com)

Empathy for the Enemy

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Like many Americans, I remember where I was and what I was doing when I first heard about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. I was a 15 year-old high sophomore at my locker, grabbing the books I would need for my morning classes. I can recall my best friend, Richard Kim, running up to me and shouting, “Oh no, Jen! What are we going to do?! They’ve got the Twin Towers AND the Pentagon!! This is bad. This is so bad!” He ran off before I could reply to his hysterical behavior. I dismissed his outburst as an eccentric joke and went to my creative writing class. It was there that I first saw the news broadcast which confirmed Richard’s seemingly outrageous rant.

The world has changed since 2001. Instead of hearing breaking news through friends, we now discover it through Facebook; Osama Bin Laden’s death was no exception. Much like my initial reaction to 9/11, I perceived his death to be a hoax. It wasn’t until I saw news articles and broadcasts that made the event become real for me.

As a practicing Buddhist and as an American citizen, I felt juxtaposed by Bin Laden’s death. Despite the controversy surrounding the involvement of Bin Laden with the 9/11 attacks, we cannot deny that Bin Laden was a “bad” person. (I am using the term “bad” very loosely.) His actions have caused harm to countless individuals and has kept the world in a state of fear and uncertainty for at least 10 years. Dare I say, the world is better place without him. With these facts in mind, I could easily see myself joining the thousands of Americans celebrating Bin Laden’s death in the streets of our nation’s capital. Before smearing red-white-and-blue war paint on my face, I needed to think about the other aspect of this incident. One way to think of this event is “our enemy is dead.” On the other hand, “a human being is dead” also holds true. It is sad when a person dies; it is tragic when a person dies due to the brutality of war. Human life is precious; there is no denying that. Despite Bin Laden being an enemy of my country, we are all members of the human race.

With both sides of the picture in mind, I am not sure how I feel about the death of Bin Laden. Perhaps a better way of saying this is “I am not sure what is an appropriate way to feel about this”. I wish I had a simple answer to give, but I don’t.

How do you feel about this?

Jen/Nita

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Monday, January 17th, 2011

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