Springtime is Buddha time. Time to be awake! If not now — when?
Aurora and I have attended a few Sunday services at The First Parish Church in Westford this month. We’ve enjoyed the fellowship and Reverend Cindy’s sermons very much.
On Sunday May 13th the program for the service included this quotation:
Believe nothing because you have been told it, or it has been traditional, or because you yourselves have imagined it. Believe whatsoever you find to be conductive to the good, to benefit the welfare of all things — Buddha
This is a good sign for us because we dislike dogma and this advice about what to believe seems like the opposite of dogma.
But how to determine what is good and beneficial? Meditate on the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path? Not a bad place to start. Listening to the small quite voice the Quakers teach about will also help. Praying is a good start too. But after the meditation, prayer and quiet listening — we must act.
Does peace of mind come from constructive action or do we need to have peace of mind before we can act? Don’t know — but I guess its a circle — just get on and go. Think about what Buddha said and take action; then think some more, then more action and so on…
The human race is rapidly approaching a time when sustainability will be the only test of any action by individuals or groups. We will need to be awake all the time to figure out and act on ‘whatsoever you find to be conductive to the good, to benefit the welfare of all things.’ This is good — a call to be in a kind of year round springtime!
Let’s be awake!