The ideal

The teaching

“O Monks, if ferocious bandits were to cut up a person into pieces with a two-handled saw, and if the person who is being cut up were to have anger towards those bandits, then that person has not followed my teaching. O Monks, even under such circumstances you must think this way: ‘Our mind never changes. We will not speak harsh words to them. We will pity them and extend loving-kindness to them. We will extend limitless compassion to the whole world that comes within the purview of our loving-kindness. We will extend limitless non-hating compassion to them.’ O Monks, you must get used to thinking that way, even about an enemy.”
~The Buddha
(Kakacupama Sutta- Majjhima Nikaya)

The example

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”
~ Luke 23:34

The Words of Jesus, after being brutally lashed, spat upon and tortured, while nailed to the cross.

The lesson

An ideal, struggled to live up to, and seemingly impossible to attain, yet an example not to be forgotten, lest one is led astray: not to be darkened by the darkness of others but to remain a source of light!

(Inspired by The Ascetic Ideal by Ronald Fussell, The Wheel Publication No.23 (1983), Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka)

The ideal

Kanages Ramesh

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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All major religious traditions carry basically the same message that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives…The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.” ~Tenzin Gyatso – HH The 14th Dalai Lama

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