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To Punish The Guilty

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June 11, 2017

15078564_1125462877500741_5942620198067922327_nI want —I need— to assign blame. I reduce actions to labels. I opt for simple answers. I take sides. I demonize the other. I want to punish the guilty, I want justice.  I am right; they are wrong. Why can´t everyone else see what is clearly self-evident?

It is more complicated than that, and yet also more simple. By assigning blame here or there, I externalize responsibility. I avoid looking at what I and all sentient beings share: the wrong views of separation and supremacy, my innate self-grasping and self-cherishing, my delusion.

Yes, my perception of reality is self-evident to me; it is evident to this self. It is my perception.

“Perception is burning. Ideas are burning. Consciousness is burning. Contact is burning. And whatever there is that arises in dependence on perception —experienced as pleasure, pain or neither-pleasure-nor-pain— that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of attachment, the fire of aversion, the fire of indifference.” —Buddha Shakyamuni, Adittapariyaya Sutta, SN 35.28

The fires of attachment, aversion, and indifference are the three killers. To fan these flames further can only increase our suffering. To extinguish these fires is the only solution.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”

—in those who harbor such thoughts, hatred will never cease.

“He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”

—in those who do not harbor such thoughts, hatred will cease.

For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time:

hatred ceases by love, this is the law everlasting.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Dhammapada

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2 responses

  1. Can we rise to this level of consciousness?

    June 22, 2017 at 6:41 am

    • Lou

      It’s a good goal. When asked how many times one should forgive others, the Buddha replied, “always one more time.”

      June 22, 2017 at 10:38 am

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