Words of Wisdom for November 16, 2023

Dear Friends:
“There can be no outer peace if there is no inner peace. These need to be in balance. But many are not willing to look within, and thus act in an ego driven way. Let us remember that even the policeman acting out and harming others needlessly is also
suffering–as is anyone acting out in violence–and we need to understand this and bring compassion in order to stop such harmful behavior at the heart-mind-emotional levels. Nelson Mandela talked about the overdog/underdog principle, in which the hatred of the underdog overthrows the overdog, thus creating a new underdog. This cycle of violence and hatred plays out time and again through history. As Buddha said, ‘The winner sows hatred because the loser suffers; let go of winning and losing and find joy.’ However, political movements aren’t based on mindfulness and meditation and kindness, but on power and winning. We must find other ways to coexist and thrive.”

– Donald Altman, Dzogen Center

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May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

All my best,

Jerome Freedman, PhD

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