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Monday, Feb 22, 2010 This week’s Food for Thought – February 22, 2010

…As we have seen, compassion is one of the principal things that make our lives meaningful.  It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy.  And it is the foundation of a good heart, the heart of one who acts out of a desire to help others.  Through kindness, through affection, through honesty, through truth and justice toward all others we ensure our own benefit.  This is not a matter for complicated theorizing.  It is a matter of common sense.  There is no denying that consideration of others is worthwhile.  There is no denying that our happiness is inextricably bound up with the happiness of others.  There is no denying that, if society suffers, we ourselves suffer.  Nor is there any denying that the more our hearts and minds are afflicted with ill will, the more miserable we become.  Thus we can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom.  But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion.

This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith.  In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma.  Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple.  The doctrine is compassion.  Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are:  ultimately, these are all we need.  So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.

May I become at all times, both now and forever

A protector for those without protection

A guide for those who have lost their way

A ship for those with oceans to cross

A bridge for those with rivers to cross

A sanctuary for those in danger

A lamp for those without light

A place of refuge for those who lack shelter

And a servant to all in need.

Tenzin Gyatso (Buddhist Monk)

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