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Lions Roar : March 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2012 16 In my day we didn’t have Google—we had unanswered questions. Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of their school curriculum, the indispensability of inner values such as love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness. I look forward to a day when children, as a result of integrat- ing the principles of nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution at school, will be more aware of their feelings and emotions and feel a greater sense of responsibility both toward themselves and toward the wider world. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? To bring about this better world, therefore, let us all, old and young—not as members of this nation or that nation, not as members of this faith or that faith, but simply as individual members of this great human family of seven billion—strive together with vision, with courage, and with optimism. This is my humble plea. Within the scale of the life of the cosmos, a human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a visitor to this planet, a guest, who has only a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time lonely, unhappy, and in conflict with our fellow visitors? Far better, surely, to use our short time in pursuing a meaningful life, enriched by a sense of connection with and service toward others. So far, of the twenty-first century, just over a decade has gone; the major part of it is yet to come. It is my hope that this will be a century of peace, a century of dialogue — a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge. This is my prayer as well. ♦ The Sky BenchTM *Easy to assume meditation posture even with limited flexibility. *Comes apart for easy travel. *Full line of meditation seats, and eco friend and eco friendly furniture. 1-888-267-5366 www.zafu.net