In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“A true revolution of values [King declared] will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual Capitalists ofthe West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: “This is not just.”
“…A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war [as in Iraq]: “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. [Indeed, King lamented,] a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
— excerpt from a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Andrew C. Kennedy, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, where he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech. The entire sermon can be read here: “Martin Luther King and Thich Nhat Hanh”.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope you are all well and happy, in love and enjoying this peaceful evening.
We will be gathering tomorrow evening at 6:00 at our home. I hope that you will be able to be with us. We are celebrating the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Dr. King was a good friend of Thay’s and we will be takling about some of the principles and practices that were enabling Dr. King to create conditions to build a Beloved Community — the same ones that help us to build a sangha. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Below is an excerpt from a wonderful sermon by the Rev. Dr. Andrew C. Kennedy, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. There is also a link to get to the entire sermon.
A few years ago I was invited to give a talk about Dr. King.
We are forming a Caretaking Council for the RI Community of Mindfulness (made up volunteers from all of the sanghas in RI.) We are looking for at least a couple of people from each sangha to represent the sangha on the Committee. This should not be a big commitment of time…just an opportunity to get to know the other sanghas and help to coordinate activities with the various sanghas. I have announced this at meetings, and we have had some volunteers. I would like to let everyone have the opportunity to participate. Please let me know if you are interested in serving as soon as possible. Thank you, thank you.
Please also remember to check out the teachings from Deer Park at deerparkmonastery.org. The winter retreat teachings can be found uder the title, Moment by Moment.
Also you can hear some of Thay’s talks at pvom.org.
I hope you will be able to join us tomorrow and in the meantime, I hope you enjoy every moment.
with much love and the deep peace of a silent, starry night for you,