I am hoping I linked this properly because it is a wonderful article about the lack of compassion and how judgemental we are… Rant and Rave . I feel the lack of compassion in this country is reaching epic proportion. I started flipping through one of my favorite books, Living Buddha, Living Christ by THICH NHAT HANH. I remeber this paragraph caught my eye when I first read the book several years ago.
Professor Hans Kung has said, "until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world." People kill and are killed because they cling tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies, when we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely result. The second precept of the Order of Interbeing, founded within the Zen Buddhist tradition during the war in Vietnam, is about letting go of views: Do not think the knowledge you presently posses is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints." To me, this is the most essential practice of peace.
I wish everyone a wonderful weekend filled with peace and harmony.