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A variation on yesterday’s post, as favoured by the Dalai Lama;

For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world

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From the Bodhicaryavatara

Just as the earth and other elements
Are serviceable in many ways
To the infinite number of beings
Inhabiting limitless space
So may I become
That which maintains all beings
Situated throughout space
So long as all have not attained
To peace

I love this one.

The universe does not care what you believe. It is what it is, and it is right there in front of you.

One of the first books about buddhism I read (Buddhism Plain & Simple) kept on going on about ‘seeing things as they really are’. It came up so often that I ended up with the idea that there was something terribly profound and mystical to be seen. But the more I think about it now, the more I think that view is wrong. We are meant to see things as they are rather than as we want them to be. So goes the second part of this quote – ‘it is right there in front of you’. Just look. Nothing more.

Interdependence is one of those high-falutin’ Buddhist concepts that gets itself bandied around a lot. Often, I’ve been led to believe, by those who haven’t quite grasped it’s meaning. Well, that’s pretty much what I’m about to do, so I’ll duck now and leave you to fight it out…

The basic point is that as sentient beings, we are all pretty much linked together in a massive web of influence, where what I do today somehow ends up influencing everything – from what kind of a day you have to the fate of our slowly-warming planet. The classic description of this is Indra’s Net, which I won’t go into here, but I prefer this rather more succinct version;

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. – John Lennon

And you thought that ‘I Am The Walrus’ was a load of LSD-induced cobblers?