• Ananda posted an update 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Today, January 27th, we remember the Jewish Holocaust. Though we all agree that such an abomination must never happen again, genocides continue. Today it is the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in the allegedly Buddhist country of Myanmar.

    At times like this, when I feel utterly powerless and teeter on the edge of despair, I turn to the writings of my spiritual heroes. On this day, it is in the writings of Christian martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer that I find solace. Bonhoeffer, who was executed in 1945 by the SS, writes: “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

    In some sense, the Dharma is the spoke that we drive into the wheel of samsara. Our continued resistance to injustice and oppression, and our daily practice of radical compassion can dismantle the wheel of suffering that is driven by so much greed, hatred, and fundamental ignorance.

    If we live Dharma, we can offer hope to the world.

    Namo Amida Bu!

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