Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Friends and Buddhists

Derived from the teachings of George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, I submit to you all the following:

"God" is love. "God" is the intention and actions to do good. Fox said that there is good and bad in everyone and it is incumbent upon us to cultivate the good within ourselves and help others to do the same.

The Buddhists' Four Noble Truths can be summed up as:

- all life is suffering
- it is incumbent upon us all to do what we can to relieve that suffering.

The nine-fold path (I've added one) of Buddhism is:

-right intentions
-right understanding
-right thought
-right speech
-right action
-right livelihood
-right effort
-right mindfulness
-right concentration.

When I write "right" (above), I am using it in the connotation of correct.

In US politics some of us say, Left ("wing") is right (correct) and Right ('wing") is might (take it by economic dominance and aggression and/or force). Of course, "Right" in this connotation is wrong.

I'm a Work kin for peace and cooperation.

With much love and care,

Mike Morin

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