Published Thursday, 19 October 2017
Blessed is the arising of a Buddha;
blessed is the revealing of the Dhamma;
blessed is the concord of the Sangha;
delightful is harmonious communion.
Dhammapada v. 194
We all delight when we receive blessings. Let's also delight in our ability to generate blessings. Whatever our circumstance in life, we have the power to bring virtue into the world. To some it appears naive to dwell on developing virtue; they think it is up to others to stop causing darkness. But we are not responsible for what others do or don't do. We are responsible for our own actions. Sometimes we are surrounded by light, at other times it seems the light has disappeared. But we don't have to be defined by external conditions. We always have the possibility of being a bit more kind, a bit more patient, a bit more honest.