Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Here is the blog address for Lawrence Lessig in case you want to follow him and his mind. 


I continue with George Grinnell and A Death on the Barrens.

    Grinnell explains how Art, the leader and man who died, used nature to educate.

          "What Art had understood, and what we did not, is that God is not the one who kills and eats;  God is the one who is killed and eaten."

                    He speaks of it in terms of eating the caribou, of the path of the mystic.

          "Sometimes a miracle happens, a flash of light, a feeling of great warmth, and the mystic is transported in joy to a heavenly realm surrounded by angels, becomes aware that individual existence is absolutely nothing without the gift of other creatures:  the gift of identity in the darkness, bestowed by family and friends who pray for us, the gift of life itself given in ultimate sacrifice by the plants and animals who die that we might eat, and, finally, the gift of a soul granted by the One who is unknowable.  Having achieved enlightenment, the mystic reappears to the world as a Bodhisattva, full of understanding, joy, and gratitude."

Goethe - The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Old Inuit Song - I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big for all of the vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns and the light that fills the world.

When Grinnell concludes and speaks of the changes in each of the five survivors, he says, "Earlier in the trip, we had been lords of the flies, but now, we were pleased to be just flies of the Lord."

In the Fall 2007 issue of Inquiring Mind, Jack Kornfield speaks about "Buddhist Psychology for the West."  Unlike the Western paradigm, where the essence of human nature is aggressive, the Buddhist psychologies access an innate state of purity, brilliance, and goodness.

Honoring a gently powerful  mind-set will create the changes we want to see.   Lessig asks us to take responsibility for our president and what is going on in the world.  Buddhism does the same.

Change your thoughts, and, therein,  the world.

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