Lion's Roar: Practicing the Dharma in Uncertain Times

An ordained tree in Thailand. Photo by Peter Hershey via Lion's Roar
After the election of Donald Trump, Lion’s Roar shared a new teaching by Jack Kornfield, called “Practicing the Dharma Uncertain Times.” Now, Jack follows up with second, more action-oriented installment of post-election guidance and encouragement.

As long as a society holds regular and frequent assemblies, meeting in harmony
and mutual respect, can they be expected to prosper and not decline.
As long as a society follows the long held traditions of wisdom, and honors its elders,
can they be expected to prosper and not decline.
As long as a society protects the wives and daughters and vulnerable among them,
can they be expected to prosper and not decline.
As long as a society cares for the shrines and sacred places of the natural world,
can they be expected to prosper and not decline.
—Mahaparinirvana Sutta (a text of Buddha’s last teachings)

Whatever your political perspective, now is the season to stand up for what matters. To stand against hate. To stand for respect. To stand for protection of the vulnerable. To care for the natural world...

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this with us. After I read the article I delved a bit further and found an early holiday present for myself - The Lions Roar. amidst all the uncertainty and chaos it was so nice to read these reflections and ideas. After reading one book review I actually ordered the book. Who Knew!?!? Blessings to you and yours.

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  2. Thank you for your kind words, John! Yeah, Jack Kornfield is a pretty amazing guy. He even interviewed the (now-retired?) CEO of Ford Motor company once. Terrific interview.

    Just curious: which book did you order? Enquiring minds and all that...

    Blessings back. :-)

    ~ Catie

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