Horror. Shock. Anger. Disbelief. Feelings rampaging in the mind of many this week.
Space here is limited, and so is your time. This week let me simply point out some views and thoughts from elder Buddhist leaders on this crisis, and offer some ways you can help if you are so moved.
The American born senior Buddhist nun Ven. Thubten Chodron has been giving daily talks on a classic text by the 8th century master Shantideva.
The morning of February 24 she was scheduled to lecture on 2 verses if the Bodhisattvacharyavatara, when Russia invaded Ukraine. Speaking to a group of retreatants that had been cloistered for about a month, she gave a pithy summary of Russian history getting across the timeless lessons this unprovoked and catastrophic invasion offers us as Dharma students.
Speaking of the invasion she said:
This is a full blown teaching. If you had any doubt before that ignorance, anger and attachment were the root of suffering, this should cure that doubt.
She goes on to remind us:
It's not just other people's ignorance, anger and attachment, it's ours, too. Because as long we we have the seeds of these afflictions, and you put us in certain situations, who knows how we'll act, and what alternative "facts" we may believe.
What follows below are recent statements and views offered by contemporary Buddhist thought leaders on what is arguably a world-changing tragedy of unspeakable human suffering on a mind-numbing scale.
This is also time for us to reflect on the precious third jewel -- of sangha. Let's be here for each other. Let's open our hearts and minds in this time of rawness, of despair, of horror--but also of hope, fortitude and compassion.
With metta and aloha,