The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step


Source: Lamentation | Great Middle Way


bf2If any benefit were to be gained by lamenting, the wise would lament.

Only fools would harm themselves.

Through weeping and sorrowing the mind does not become calm,

but still more suffering is produced,

the body is harmed, and we become lean and pale.

We merely hurt ourselves.

We cannot protect a departed one by that means.

To grieve is in vain.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, The Arrow Sutra


2 responses

  1. “To grieve is in vain” That’s been my contention for decades, and it earns me a reputation for being cold and uncaring. Little do they know it is they who are cold and uncaring. In my mind, the “dead” are still alive, and will go on living and experiencing new adventures. In their minds, well, they kill their dead.

    August 8, 2016 at 7:59 am

    • Lou

      Life and death, black and white, pain and pleasure.

      August 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

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