Zen Zone #42

In zen, some precepts, like taking up the way of not killing, is almost impossible to do.  You can’t walk on a path through the woods without killing insects under your feet. Even breathing draws in bacteria and those organisms perish.  The idea, however, is that we should not cause unnecessary suffering in life, yet we understand that we can’t help it sometimes. Our life on this earth is dependent upon a chain of others, and we depend on each element of that chain.

Even we only ate vegetables, workers toil to harvest those plants.  We clear the fields and animals lose their homes. We eliminate pests to promote growth of the plants, and so, others are always giving their lives for us. We acknowledge these sacrifices when we take the precepts and we acknowledge that we have a certain obligation of service. Gratitude and mindfulness of these sacrifices is appropriate. We have to give back to show that we value the world around us.

Zen helps us to develop integrity. By becoming more introspective, the conflict turns inward.  Even if the challenge really does come from others and their imperfections, we have to see that, perceive it, and decide what attitude to have toward it.  When we can live with that, the persecution will change.  You may still be living through persecution, but your attitude towards it will be really quite different.  You'll be free.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.
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Colin Fanning
The Roto-Ray: Beauty or Beast?
One of the most important facts we reviewed when deciding on the roto ray purchase was this; With the speeds of traffic on SC 278, by the time people heard the sirens on our fire trucks our light bars (on top of the roof) were out of sight. The roto ray, with its mounted location…
2014-07-25 15:07:00
Mick Mayers
Questioning Heroism
Thanks, Bryan! I genuinely believe I do and they tend to reward me with professionalism, innovation, and compassion to our citizens daily. That's something I am happy to facilitate.
2014-07-15 04:10:00
Bryan G. Riebe
Questioning Heroism
Chief, appreciated in your response to Geoff that you work for the FFs. Believe if more Chiefs lived that philosophy our fire services would be bastions of honor, ethics, and human potential.
2014-07-15 00:05:00
Christopher Roy
Questioning Heroism
Geoff, EMS, as its own service, does not have a strong voice and in turn, does not get the respect in the media/public that it does deserve. I do hope that changes. EMS doesn't have a home either, and that doesn't help. There are so many different delivery methods in this country that its probably…
2014-07-14 23:49:00
Mick Mayers
Questioning Heroism
I'm sorry you feel that way, Geoff. The department I work with has been doing EMS (advanced care AND transport) with cross-trained personnel for over twenty years and doing a pretty good job. Our community expects a certain level of service that we have been able to provide through that model and while not every…
2014-07-14 22:01:00

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