Buddhist Reflection

by Tanis Moore

You may be familiar with Thich Nhat Hanh, an inspirational Buddhist monk, who founded Plum Village in France, has written many books and taught workshops around the world. It was he who coined the phrase “Interbeing”, which is a wonderful way to say that we are all connected and all one.  We inter-are, we inter-be.

Another Buddhist concept, “Indra’s Net” describes the non-dual transcendent basis of all existence, often pictured as a holographic image.

These two concepts illustrate the Buddhist philosophy that whatever one does to another person/being, is done to oneself and everyone else.

The following quote from “The Meaning of Salvation in the Doctrine of Pure Land Buddhism” by Shin scholar Kaneko Daiei pretty well sums it up:

“One thing should be remembered in connection with the problem of suffering: every one of us human beings is deeply interrelated with fellow beings in an inner togetherness.  It can hardly be doubted that we are so born as to be sensitive of our inner togetherness.  Do we not implicitly mean this when we use the term ‘we’?  In this sense, our inner togetherness may be called ‘we-ness’.  As long as our fellow beings are unhappy, none of us can remain aloof from them.  We cannot but share the unhappiness with them.  Because of the inner togetherness of man, sympathy can be awakened within us.”

“For Kaneko, togetherness is the fulfillment of the bodhisattva ideal, which strives to create an awareness of co-identity between beings so that they will assist each other in the universal work of liberation.” (Jeff Wilson ‘Buddhism of the Heart’)

For all my relations; families, clans, villages, cities, provinces, countries, continents; global and universal and beyond – gratitude and loving-kindness.

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