From my Soto Zen dharma friends at Mind Without Walls.
When we open the gate of suffering within our own hearts we find that compassion is the transforming principle – compassion is the antidote to suffering. By understanding that all people feel the same suffering that we feel we can realize that, in this way, we are all the same and that in order to heal our shared suffering we must heal our own inner suffering. It is a universal condition that we all want happiness and we all wish to avoid suffering. But even if this wish for happiness is universal and we acknowledge that our suffering is a shared experience, we have not been very skillful in achieving this goal of universal happiness as a society and world. It seems that there is some impediment, some burden we carry which stands in the way of our happiness which, as a species, we have not yet overcome.
It has been pointed out countless times that although…
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