"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche
Then I am so thinking on the opposite: How can there be a follower of the buddha when we build walls around us? How can there be any thing to divide other then by own discrimination?
This is what this is teaching for me!
Sentient beings, self and others, enemies and dear ones-all are made by thoughts. It is like seeing a rope and mistaking it for a snake. We have been deluded by our thoughts. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
This kind of thing is becoming all too common in the US. Christian fundamentalism is gaining a pernicious grip on the public school system, from teaching Creationism/ID as "science", to unfairly treating non-Christian students.
Needless, this kind of behavior is "unAmerican" at its base because it violates "classic Americanism's" basic principle of fair play and freedom and respect for all citizens, regardless of their race, color, creed or psycho-sexual orientation.
Introducing the "under God" phrase into the Pledge of Allegiance was a fundamentalist ploy which rendered, and continues to render, honest recitation of the pledge by non-fundamentalists inauthentic if not impossible. Same with introducing prayer into the public classroom. Non-theists and non-Christians cannot participate (not that they would with to do so), but worse, their rights are totally negated. Moreover, those who might wish to participate are barred: Can you imagine a Hindu prayer, or the Shin Buddhist Nembutsu being permitted in a Christian-fundamentalist-dominated classroom?
Enough is enough. Progressive Americans need to stand up against these fascistic religious totalitarians ... or risk losing the country to enemies of freedom.
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