Quote of the Week: Aung San Suu Kyi
Wrapping a week of remembering the people of Burma… here is a quote from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi:
I think by now I have made it fairly clear that I am not very happy with the word “hope.” I don’t believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want. I always say that one has no right to hope without endeavor, so we work to try and bring about the situation that is necessary for the country, and we are confident that we will get to the negotiation table at one time or another. This is the way all such situations pan out– even with the most truculent dictator.
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As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi.
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Yes! We forget the Hope was in Pandora’s Box along with other demons. And yet…. and yet….
Thank you for this week, Maia. It’s been a bittersweet journey to re-visit these issues.