Be Peace First, Do Peace Later

in: Dharma Topics
Discussion Date: Thu, May 16, 2024

Dear Still Water Friends,

“What would Thầy do?” is a question I’ve heard numerous times during online gatherings of mindfulness practitioners concerned about the horrific suffering caused by armed hostilities in Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Sudan, and other conflict zones. The same question often arises when the focus is on how we can respond to current inequalities that have their roots in historical brutalities carried out in U.S. history, such as slavery and the decimation of indigenous communities. Often practitioners want specific answers, such as what would Thầy do in 2024 about assisting Ukraine or offering reparations for descendants of enslaved people?

Because Thầy transitioned in 2022, we can’t know exactly what he would say about our current quandaries. However, there are many indicators of... Continued

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