Thursday, December 13, 2012

Samsara AND Enlightened Behavior

     The bible says that the poor will always be with us, yet advises giving to the poor. Even more striking is the Bodhisattva vow:
     "Beings are numberless, I vow to free them;
     Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to end them;
     Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them;
     The Buddha way is unsurpassable, I vow to attain it." 

     Interestingly, problem-focused thinking (which rarely works) is about trying to quickly, definitively fix what's perceived as being broken - eg eliminate poverty by "declaring war" on it. Solution-focused thinking (which does tend to work) is all about fostering small, incremental improvements.

Photo: rok urankar

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