A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Love is the question and the answer

If asked to give one key word to rest Buddhism upon, I would choose “love”. Love of ourselves, our families, our community, and all life in the universe. Love being defined as a loyal and benevolent concern about the happiness and wellbeing of the sentiment or attachment. Which is the most important is love of one self. This does not mean that we place ourselves above others or consider ourselves more worthy of our affections. However before we can love others we must accept ourselves. To acknowledge that we are not yet perfect, and then to work on self-improvement. Once we have accomplished this we can say we love ourselves. Loving can then be extended to all around us because it comes from a center of love not recriminations and blame. There is a mural in the Chinatown part of Vancouver, which carries one of Lao Tsu’s sayings.  Lao Tsu is considered one of the founders of Taoism, however the wisdom in this statement applies to all of us.

“It takes knowledge to know others, but it needs a clear mind to know oneself. It takes strength to surpass others, but it requires a strong will to surpass one self.”

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