I was reading Tenpa over at Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar. A few days earlier he made a call to action over an important Buddhist monument, a stupa in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that the National Parks Service was about to demolish.
I was happy to discover that along with Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar, other folks in the “Buddhosphere,” (not my invention!) managed to get the Parks Service to back off and the stupa was saved!
I followed the links in Tenpa’s post and discovered several other Buddhist blogs with links that led me on and on.
Not a long post, talks about a sentiment we all have known about since childhood, that the little things can mean a lot. Giving flowers to someone, a smile, that kind of thing.
In the Buddhist context this post was suggesting folks don’t need to be monks on a mountaintop to make the world better.
But what struck me, and what struck the blogger at Dangerous Harvests, were these two paragraphs:
I’ve seen in my own life how hard it is to stay present to the requirements of the moment. It takes more than attentiveness to the shifting phenomena of feelings, impulses, thoughts and perceptions.
It takes a genuine commitment to love this world, no matter how it appears. It requires us to set aside our self-centered stories, to expose ourselves to the real.
“No matter how it appears.” Just as we would love a parent, a mate, a child, even if they were sick or even insane, we would still love them. No matter how they appeared.
Our mission, if we choose to accept it …