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Imagine trying to generate even the slightest bodhicitta -- the intention to become fully enlightened in order to benefit all sentient beings most effectively -- in a prison environment. It's similar to generating compassion in hell! Although we are all prisoners of our negative karma, negative emotions, and disturbing attitudes, we still have this precious human life. Nothing can ever take away our Buddha potential. Ven. Chodron and the prisoners with whom she corresponds offer practitioners insights into how they can benefit themselves and others in even the most difficult situations.

 

 

A Bird

By Bryan Taylor ©



Being close to nature is special. There's a little bird that comes to sit in my window. The window is textured on the outside so that we cannot see out. It is only to allow light in. There are little cracks around the edges where you can see a little bit, and in the main part of the window, you can see shadows and silhouettes. So when the bird comes, I get on my table and watch him. He's not real pretty-just a plain brown songbird of some kind. But he always lightens my mood when he comes around. I know that animals are supposed to be a lower life form, but sometimes it seems to me that they are the ones who have got it together more than we humans do.

 

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