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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Mick Mayers
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Ruth, Thanks for the comment, although like Tom said, you missed my point. What I was saying is that I am honored and impressed that someone who not so long ago would not have been given a chance - for reasons of race and gender- was given those accolades. She is someone I would have…
2014-12-12 11:24:00
Tom Bouthillet
Someone I Would Have Liked To Have Known
There are plenty of white males who don't deserve to be firefighters. The most qualified individual should get the job regardless of race or gender. That doesn't always happen for a variety of reasons that don't need to be hashed out here. But way to miss Chief Mayers' point entirely.
2014-12-11 12:08:00
Ruth Phillips
Someone I Would Have Liked To Have Known
I've heard of all of these "substandard candidates brought in to fill a role" taking the jobs from those who truly "desire the job and are willing to embrace the lifestyle of a firefighter." Do you mean people of color and women taking the jobs from the more deserving, uh, white male? I'm baffled as…
2014-12-11 04:21:00
drydiggins
Think Fast
My best friend once described flying in 'hard' IFR like being inside a giant ping-pong ball... everywhere you look, featureless white. I've appropriated that to describe people who seem to go through life in their own personal ping-pong balls. Apropos of the bumper sticker "I can't see you so don't pretend to be there."
2014-12-09 04:21:00
Mick Mayers
Leadership That Matters, Part 7
George, Thanks for reading! Yes, I'll actually do that this week. And I actually downloaded that same meme myself a few days ago- I like it.
2014-12-06 15:25:00

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