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Lions Roar : January 2012
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2012 22 heard now, but the difficulty is going to be to sustain it. You have to be as smart and as durable as the Ukranians of the Orange Revolution. They were nonviolent, they stayed out there in the public square, and they changed their country. You have an aura of liberty about you—that is the precious thing that you demonstrate here. However, the corporate inter- ests have taken over the mass media and the electoral system, and they are defeating your will. Every poll shows that a majority of Americans want Social Security, a single-payer medical sys- tem, and banks and companies that work for them. We have to vote the corrupt people out of Congress so that the wishes of the American people will be honored. They should serve their constituents, who are you, and not their contributors, who are the one percent up in those Wall Street buildings. I would like to ask, where is the sweetness of Jesus Christ in this country? He consorted with the poor, the downtrodden, the abused, and he put his life on the line for them. Jesus was the sweetest. Every Buddhist worth their soul loves Jesus. So you have to stay here, peacefully insisting on change, clear in your understanding. But you must beware of anyone who seems to join your ranks who is too hot, who preaches hatred, who thinks there is one bunch of people who are really the vil- lains. As I said, those bankers are victims themselves. They are doing evil now, of course, but they are also helpless victims of their own greed and a system that allows them to magnify it beyond their control. In that light, we should all meditate every day. But not some kind of “I’m not thinking anything, oh I feel so good!” meditation. That might feel nice, like Prozac or something, but it can be a little addic- tive and it doesn’t increase our insight, intelligence, or compassion, which are what we really need. So when we meditate, think about compassion, and think about the fact that we are free to envision a better world. And stand up for it, with hope and joy. ♦ Of course I want us to be happy. I’m just not sure we can afford it. Accepting applications for fall 2012 www.stjohnscollege.edu/GI/EC/EC.shtml 505-984-6083 A Practice for the Mind: Master of Arts in Eastern Classics at St. John’s College EXPAND your practice by reading classical texts from India, China, and Japan. JOIN lifelong learners in engaged discussions of original texts. STUDY either Sanskrit or Classical Chinese. EXPERIENCE conversation as a challenging and fulfilling practice for the spirit.