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Date: Sep 11th, 2007 10:00:33 am - Subscribe
Mood: compassionate

Kuan Yin's Prayer for the Abuser...
To those who withhold refuge, I cradle you in safety at the core of my Being.
To those that cause a child to cry out, I grant you the freedom to express your own choked agony.
To those that inflict terror, I remind you that you shine with the purity of a thousand suns.
To those who would confine, suppress, or deny, I offer the limitless expanse of the sky.
To those who need to cut, slash, or burn, I remind you of the invincibility of Spring.
To those who cling and grasp, I promise more abundance than you could ever hold onto.
To those who vent their rage on small children, I return to you your deepest innocence.
To those who must frighten into submission, I hold you in the bosom of your original mother.
To those who cause agony to others, I give the gift of free flowing tears.
To those that deny another's right to be, I remind you that the angels sang in celebration of you on the day of your birth.
To those who see only division and separateness, I remind you that a part is born only by bisecting a whole.
For those who have forgotten the tender mercy of a mother's embrace, I send a gentle breeze to caress your brow.
To those who still feel somehow incomplete, I offer the perfect sanctity of this very moment.
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Date: Sep 6th, 2007 5:12:42 pm - Subscribe
Mood: Sad...

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder. ...Albert Einstein

My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred. ...Albert Einstein

Nothing will end war unless the people refuse to go to war. ...Albert Einstein

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." ...Albert Einstein

All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and who therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them. ...Emma Goldman

"In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons." ...Herodotus

The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. ...Aldous Huxley

Everything in war is barbaric. But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being. ...Ellen Key

"How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print." ...Karl Kraus, Die letzte Nacht, 1918

The way to prevent war is to bend every energy toward preventing it, not to proceed by the dubious indirection of preparing for it. ...Max Lerner

There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending. ...Abraham Lincoln

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. ...George McGovern

Those who give the orders are not the ones to die The people who are doing the work and the fighting and the dying, and those who are doing the talking, are not all the same people. ...Katherine Anne Porter
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METTA (loving-kindness)
Date: Jun 23rd, 2007 10:36:39 am - Subscribe
Mood: compassionate

METTA... The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence. The Pali commentators define metta as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others. Essentiall,y metta is an altruistic attitude of love and friendliness as distinguished from mere amiability based on self-interest. Through metta one refuses to be offensive and renounces bitterness, resentment and animosity of every kind, developing instead a mind of friendliness, accommodativeness and benevolence which seeks the well-being and happiness of others. True metta is devoid of self-interest. It evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love, which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is indeed a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love. Metta makes one a pure font of well-being and safety for others. Just as a mother gives her own life to protect her child, so metta only gives and never wants anything in return. To promote one's own interest is a primordial motivation of human nature. When this urge is transformed into the desire to promote the interest and happiness of others, not only is the basic urge of self-seeking overcome, but the mind becomes universal by identifying its own interest with the interest of all. By making this change one also promotes one's own well-being in the best possible manner. Metta is the protective and immensely patient attitude of a mother who forbears all difficulties for the sake of her child and ever protects it despite its misbehavior. Metta is also the attitude of a friend who wants to give one the best to further one's well-being. If these qualities of metta are sufficiently cultivated through metta-bhavana - the meditation on universal love - the result is the acquisition of a tremendous inner power which preserves, protects and heals both oneself and others. Apart from its higher implications, today metta is a pragmatic necessity. In a world menaced by all kinds of destructiveness, metta in deed, word and thought is the only constructive means to bring concord, peace and mutual understanding. Indeed, metta is the supreme means, for it forms the fundamental tenet of all the higher religions as well as the basis for all benevolent activities intended to promote human well-being.
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State of peace
Date: Jun 10th, 2007 6:54:16 pm - Subscribe
Mood: zen

This is to be done by one skilled in aims who wants to break through to the state of peace:
Be capable, upright, and straightforward, easy to instruct, gentle, and not proud, content and easy to support, with few duties, living lightly, with peaceful faculties, masterful, modest, and no greed for supporters.
Do not do the slightest thing that the wise would later censure.
Think: Happy and secure, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception, long, large, middling, short,
subtle, blatant, seen & unseen, near & far, born & seeking birth: May all beings be happy at heart. Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation wish for another to suffer.
As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: above, below, and all around, unobstructed, without enmity or hate. Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as one is alert, one should be resolved on this mindfulness. This is called a sublime abiding here and now.
Not taken with views, but virtuous and consummate in vision, having subdued desire for sensual pleasures, one never again will lie in the womb.

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Loving Kindness
Date: Apr 21st, 2007 5:38:51 pm - Subscribe
Mood: compassionate

THE METTA SUTTA... The Buddha's Teaching on Loving-kindness...
This is what should be done by one who is skilled in goodness, and who knows the path of peace: let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited, contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skilful, not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing that the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be; whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, the great or the mighty, medium, short or small, the seen and the unseen, those living near and far away, those born and to-be-born, may all beings be at ease!
Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life her child, her only child, so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings: Radiating kindness over the entire world spreading upwards to the skies, and downwards to the depths; outwards and unbounded, freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down free from drowsiness, one should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views, the pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision, being freed from all sense desires, is not born again into this world.
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