RE: [Buddhaviharas] Ven. Ayya Khema - lovingkindness and defensiveness
- Hi Sharon,
This sutta has been described as "The Buddha's Defense Policy":
with metta / Antony.
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 11:18:43 +0000
Subject: [Buddhaviharas] Ven. Ayya Khema - lovingkindness and defensiveness
"Every thinking person bemoans the fact that there is no peace
between nations. Everybody would like to see peace on this globe.
Obviously there isn't any. In this century there has been a war
somewhere practically all the time. Every country has an enormous
defense system where a lot of energy, money and manpower is used.
This defense system is turned into an attack system the minute anyone
makes the slightest unfriendly remark or seems to be moving towards
an invasion of airspace or of territorial waters. This is
rationalized the justified with, 'We have to defend the border of our
country in order to protect the inhabitants.' Disarmament is a hope
and a prayer, but not a reality. And why? Because disarmament has
to start in everyone's heart or wholesale disarmament will never
"The defense and attack which happens on a large scale happens
constantly with us personally. We're constantly defending our self-
image. If somebody should look at us sideways or not appreciate or
love us enough, or even blame us, that defense turns into an attack.
The rationale is that we have to defend this person, 'this country'
which is 'me,' in order to protect the inhabitant, 'self.' Because
almost every person in the world does that, all nations act
accordingly. There is no hope that this will ever change unless
every single person changes. Therefore it is up to each of us to
work for peace ourselves."
~ Ayya Khema, "Being Nobody, Going Nowhere", Wisdom Publications,
May this be of benefit.
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