The Social Face of the Bodhisattva

The first priority of the Social Face of all Buddhists is a recognition that Hatred is the greatest of the Mara because anger sets afire all virtues on contact and even burns the heart so it is turned against the thought of self-taming and benevolence. One torch waved in anger and thoughtlessness - one torch that sets one tree ablaze - can then spread that fire through all that tree’s limbs, and from there through the canopy of all the forest!

A Bodhisattva of any Tradition of Buddhism must make a wish to end the anger that is pandemic in the World and resolve to end War, as War is the great sower of the seeds of heritable anger in the World. A buddhist must call on the strength and example of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of all times and places for the guidance and the strength of courage and endurance and patience of peace in their own hearts to engage whatever social activities call a witness to their bodies, speech and mind as an opposition to the Words of War, the Economic Profit of War, the Mental Taste for War and to, (with peaceful but aggressive resistance), impede the Deeds of War.

The Social Face of the Bodhisattva has to combine the provision of protection, nutrition and welcome of all beings and the shelter of Peace for all to enjoy them.

This is a commitment of a Bodhisattva.

Leo Rivers

the Garage House, Cottage Grove, OR, Monday, November 21, 2011 12:35:39 PM

P.S.: the term “Bodhisattva” is used by both the Theravāda and Mahāyāna traditions of Buddhism for someone who is on the Path.

 © Leo Rivers 2013