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An Open Letter from the Buddhist Community on Islamophobia

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(from Danny Fisher and Joshua Eaton)


As disciples of the Buddha who live in the West, we would like to take the holy month of Ramadan as an opportunity to express our growing concern about Islamophobia, both within our governments and within the Buddhist community worldwide…

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About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. 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. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

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  1. Beautiful message and it is a pure and true one. I wrote a poem on my site “Far Away From Me” I will let you read it to speak for me…we should hate know one if we are to love all as we would love ourselves…I love the open letter! Thanks for sharing!

    Far Away From Me

    Love your brother
    And you will find,
    It easy to love me too.

    Love your parents
    And you will find,
    It easy to say “Father I do”.

    But disobey your
    Earthly parents, and
    I alone will see.

    That you will disobey
    Me too, and your heart
    Will be far away from me.

    By Wendell A. Brown.
    © 2010, All Rights Reserved.

    “For I See”

    For I See

    Can you pray to Me and speak honestly
    That in your heart you truly love Me?
    When you say that you hate your brother
    I cannot see how this could be

    Can you tell Me that you love Me
    when in your heart I alone do see
    the hatred that you hold for others
    with such a flagrant animosity

    For I created you both in my image
    hoping one day that you might believe
    That each time when you look at him
    Its My image you will really see

    Look long and deep into the looking glass
    through which only your eyes can see
    and see the dark sinfulness in your heart
    that is so very far away from Me…

    Glance at the lies, the hatred, the evil
    which by your own doing your heart does breed
    then tell Me as you view your sinfulness
    that your heart is full of love for Me
    …for I see.

    The tenth commandment will speak volumes today when hatred for our fellow man is on the rise! for Christ sees our hearts and nothing is hidden!
    Copyright 2010


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