A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A lesson from a seagull

Today.s blog entry, is inspired by the seagull who kept waking me up early this morning, several times in fact. I really wanted some peace and quiet, but didn’t get it, so I woke up tired and grumpy. It took a while till I accepted that the seagull was just doing what came natural to a seagull. So here is my ode to a seagull, may I always accept my lessons regardless of the source:

How often have we heard, so and so is a OK person, but I would like them better if…. As a Buddhist we are not to discriminate in how we treat people. Those who are different are to be treated the same as those like ourselves. The Buddha taught us to treat our foes as our friends, also Christ told his disciples to love thy enemy. Yes it is easier to love someone when they are very much like ourselves, however all beings are the same. We all are trying to minimize the suffering we experience in our lifetime. Compassion is to be shown to all, our love is to be for all, we are to ease the suffering of foe and friend. It is only when the differences are not cared about, and we all exhibit love towards all beings will true happiness be had by all.

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