What are we becoming?

What are we becoming?

A person who is impartial, fair, calm, gentle, serene, accepting and open-hearted is indeed a refuge.

In the person of the Buddha, who had gone beyond the limitations and partialities of selfhood, many experienced a humanity that made them feel that life was endurable. A truly compasĀ­sionate person touches a chord in us that resonates with some of our deepest yearnings.

People flock to such people, because they seem to offer a haven of peace in a violent, angry world. This is the ideal to which we aspire and it is not beyond our capacity. But even if we achieve only a fracĀ­tion of this enlightenment and leave the world marginally better because we have lived in it, our lives will have been worthwhile

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  2. Thank you, James.

    Last night, on a BBC channel for Gaelic speakers, I thought I saw some of the qualities you describe. The programme concerned a Scottish aid worker who was killed in Afghanistan two years ago, Linda Norgrove, her parents (Lorna and John) and two very different communities.

    The programme – Lorgen Linda/Linda’s Story – can be watched on iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n906k until 15th October.

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