Kernels of Violence

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kernels of violence
pop leaving bloodstains-
rising flood waters

As society reels from another senseless killing we try and discover how this could happen and who is at fault. Each and everyone of us has some blood on our hands. We try and blame the gunman, his parents, or something else. By fixing blame somewhere else we avoid looking at our own involvement in helping create the environment that yields such atrocities.
Our support (by buying them) of violence on tv, movies and video games is only one of the issues.
I suggest that instead rushing out to see the next violence filled blockbuster let’s create a new society that fosters love and compassion instead of competition, jealousy, violence and greed.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

3 responses »

  1. Um, sweetie, you’re missing an “is”: “If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify.”

  2. We have a grave problem in today’s world where people are in this illusion about responsibility. When we change the view from “out there” or “othering” to one of “accepting” responsibility for our part in what happens, will we then be able to have a serious and necessary conversation to try and understand what is happening.
    K

  3. I’m in Delhi at the moment, surprised to read this in todays edition of The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article3693247.ece
    ‘From 2006 to 2010, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data shows that a civilian was much more likely to die in a firearms homicide in the U.S. than in terrorism-linked violence in Jammu and Kashmir. Even adding-in the number of Indian security force personnel and jihadists killed in fighting, Jammu and Kashmir is only marginally more dangerous than the U.S. In 2009 and 2010, Louisiana residents were more at risk of being killed by a murderer with a gun than Iraqis — and have been consistently more vulnerable than Afghans. Bar one single year, Sri Lanka’s civilians were less likely to be shot dead in their civil war than U.S. residents.’

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