the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
I know, I know. Dancing teddy bears. But at least Jedi has that element of redemption. At least its basic message is that there is an innate goodness in Annakin that can be pulled out from behind the silly plastic mask. And I would argue that the path away from suffering is the crux of the issue in Buddhism; not suffering. Not a self-righteous Jedi knight who ” calmly sits in a meditative posture in order to prepare to face the villain.”
The very definition of a bodhisattva is one who forsakes final and complete nirvana for the sake of others, to help all other sentient beings attain nirvana first. Why? Because the bodhisattva knows that if just one person is unenlightened, nobody gets enlightened.
Where to begin? The beginning doesn’t seem right. There’s no way to explain to someone who hasn’t been at a camp like this what working at a camp like this is like. When I’m at camp, Time looses all meaning. I never know what day it is. All I know is that Day Four ended, […]
This week at San Quentin, I returned the papers I had the guys write. I asked them to answer what, to me, is a pretty simple question. Given that there is no duality between enlightenment and un-enlightenment, what’s duhkha (suffering)? And the answer, of course, is that duhkha is a misperception of reality. It doesn’t […]
There’s a kid in my class named Jay. He lives in H Block, technically a lower security building within San Quentin, but according to my director and the guys who live there, the guards are particularly rough on them as if they were lifers or some lower order of prison being. As an instructor, this […]