Another senseless tragedy

US-CRIME-SCHOOL SHOOTINGThe violent deaths of 28 sentient beings in Newtown, Connecticut 20 of them children between 6 and 7 years old has unleashed the usual barrage of lamentation about ‘senseless’ tragedies. We are so inured to violence that we make false distinctions among acts of deliberate killing of sentient beings, as if any such acts could make sense.  

While we may feel shock at the deaths of these children and their teachers, our society revels in all forms of violence, whether as an instrument of national policy, defense of civic and personal ‘liberty’, entertainment, or the slaughter of animals for food and fashion. 

All killing is gruesome, whether of human children, adults, or animals. All violence is senseless, whether actual or virtual. Violence cannot be glorified when it seems to further our selfish interests, and deplored when it offends our selective sensibilities.  

Willfully depriving sentient beings of life is evidence of a profound lack of sense. We lack the maturity to recognize that all negative acts have negative consequences, and we fail control our base impulses and emotions.

om amideva hrih

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Another senseless tragedy

  1. there are healthy ways to express our base feelings and this is key to keeping our hearts open and our spirit connecting with love, yet we need more education and awareness about many things, and one great cause of violence is history repeating due to unconsciousness arising in a separation due to mental health issues, which many people have since they do not often share their truth or express their true feelings, they instead suppress them, especially sexual desires which when only experienced in the mind in fantasy cause huge amounts of contracted pains and aggressive feelings to upload into present spirit manifestations, and most people are not at all conscious of all of the feelings and dark spirits that are controlling them and affecting them. Past terror, being reborn too fast from dying with extreme violence, having too far removed authentic feelings are all at play in our everyday lives. I agree that we ignore many things that are damaging in our society, and yet we also are not educated enough about the truth and many are too reactive when it comes to dealing with their own ignorance, and can not even receive advice from another….they are still grappling with childhood issues that build up and affect their personality….yes it would be great if everyone could seek for more enlightenment and true liberation, yet in that liberation the dark side of live is one half of the equation….and of course in Buddhism we wish to cut duality, yet we have to face the existence of both dark and light aspects of our world to be able to master more advanced practices and experience more loving awareness and essence. We are all human, and unfortunately many people who need attention for their pains do not get the best advice. I feel that your blog is one of the best online and I truly appreciate what you share to the world. Thank you for your passion for life and healing. Deb.

  2. MindMindful says:

    So few news accounts including Adam Lanza’s mother in the ‘final count’ of people killed = 27. But this post is the only thing I’ve seen written which includes HIM as one of the beings killed = 28. It is good for us all to remember that he deserves our compassion too.

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