June 22, 2004 12:45 AM
He told me it was about conquest. I listened and pondered. If it is about conquest, then is it about control? If it is about control, then is it not about trust / love ? If it is not about love and it is about conquest and control, then it is about ego. Dominance and ego. If it is about dominance and ego, then it is about self-centered mind games. Narcissistic and useless. Self-aggrandizing and destructive. Draining in its utter lack of generosity of spirit. Devastating in its sheer wreckage. Human wreckage. I hung my head in despair with the realization of the tragedy. The futility.
Another voice planted the hope within me. There is a place that exists on the earth where the dormant seeds are watered and encouraged. These seeds grow and take hold within you. In doing this, the seeds of anger and despair and fear and disappointment are replaced with the seeds of love and kindness and peace. After time spent in this place, you are able to go out into the world changed and made whole. At this time, all that is needed is contact with the Sangha to continue to have the seeds of love watered.
Summer Retreat 2004 (July 10 – August 7) offered by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and the Sangha of Plum Village, France