Sunday, June 21, 2009

Harmlessness

The Summer Solstice represents fullness. Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun rises to its highest point in the sky and stays visible for the most hours of any day of the year. So too, should we contemplate rising to the highest form of awareness and conduct and showing up today, and every day, as best we can, abiding the principles of wisdom and compassion.

To inspire you on the Summer Solstice here is a teaching from the Buddha:

Harmlessness

"All beings tremble before violence.
All fear death.
All love life.

See yourself in other.
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do?

He who seeks happiness
By hurting those who seek happintess
Will never find happiness.

For your brothers and sisters are like you.
They want to be happy.
Never harm them.
And when you leave this life
You too will find happiness
.

The Buddha from the Dhammapada

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