Let’s put aside our differences and strive to come together!

The World is changing, physically we are messing things up far too fast, spiritually digging our heels in to our own theory (IE The others view is wrong and only we have the truth) will not cut it anymore. Such attitudes have caused too much pain and suffering, continue to do so and all leads to a path of destruction and oblivion. Contrast such old fashioned ways with the ‘potential’ of our new world and there is some hope in the air. There are signs all over the world that people are speaking out against injustice and stupidity and challenging the old boundaries that are being increasing seen as not acceptable anymore. There is a holding to account, justice and freedom must prevail, however with freedom comes great responsibility.

Let go of your fears, open up, respect and share with each other more. We need sometimes to lower our guards, challenge our own beliefs, understand others more, with the goal that it is better to work together for a more harmonious world than play our part in its destruction.

I found this great interview and video with Thich Nhat Hanh.

“Although still relatively unknown in the UK, the eighty-six-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk, scholar, poet, peace activist and prolific author, is a global spiritual leader, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on the art of ‘mindfulness’. Affectionately known as Thây (pronounced ‘tie’), which is Vietnamese for Teacher, his books, of which there are more than one hundred, have reached a global audience of millions.

On his last visit to the UK in 2010 he was called “The Other Dalai Lama” by The Times, and “The Zen Master That Fills Stadiums” by The Independent. For decades he has been a pioneer of ‘engaged Buddhism’, ambassador of Deep Ecology, and an advocate of non-denominational applied global ethics, committed to peace among religions and interfaith dialogue.

In 2007, Thich Nhat Hanh was invited to address the opening of the Parliament of India, and in 2011 was invited to the United States Congress for a second time to address Congressmen and -women on Capitol Hill. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is the spiritual head not only of his lineage within Vietnam, but also of an international “engaged Buddhist” community of over 500 monks and nuns, and tens of thousands of lay practitioners, who apply his teachings on mindfulness, peace-making, community-building and serving society in practice centres all over the world”.
The Happiness Network. 

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth (Guardian, 20 Feb 2012).
Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.

Thich Nhat Hanh interview with Jo Confino, executive editor of the Guardian. Check out this Video with Thich Nhat Hanh.

Enjoy the journey.
Bernard Taylor.

© Bernard Taylor 2016
First published  Mar 23, 2012

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