We Are Not Powerless!

6a00e552200433883401b8d156a6fd970cConfronted with excessive and overwhelming cruelty in our contemporary world, many persons ask: Is it possible to contribute to peace effectively, when nation states, multinational companies, and numerous ignorant groups and individuals are dedicated to multiplying suffering everywhere? What can one person do?

Even if we do not have the capacity to help all those who suffer, we do have the power to reduce suffering considerably in our own sphere of action. We can be kind to our neighbors; we can refrain from increasing pain and suffering. And because the universe is an interdependent network of cause and effect, our compassionate acts —however small and seemingly insignificant— do have a positive effect on a global scale.

Specifically, without waiting for anything or anyone else, we can:

  1. cultivate mental peace, tolerance, good will, and generosity in our lives
  2. combat fear, rejecting the alarmist media
  3. withdraw our support from political, social, and religious institutions that preach or sanction hate
  4. avoid expressions of hate and animosity toward those with whom we disagree
  5. eliminate our demand for animal flesh, secretions and products, which constitutes the principal cause of the enslavement, torture, and death of billions of non-human animals each and every year

These five actions are well within our reach. We are not powerless!

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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