A teaching moment.

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Mopping Temple floor
small price to pay for dinner
a teaching moment

The other day at the Chicago Buddhist Temple after the Ho-On-Ko memorial service the floors needed to be done. Myself and a friend, who is a tenured professor in Physics, grabbed the mops and mopped the floor without hesitation. Our mops worked in unison and the job was quickly done. My daughter was looking at me with wonder. I asked her “Why?” Her response was “Why are you mopping?” I told her that “the floor was not going to mop itself.” and “that I was happy to clean up, just like the people who cooked were happy to provide the food for us.” I hope that she remembers this lesson. 🙂

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.

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