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Ignorance of the ego

By D. J. L.

A man's face and the word 'EGO' spray painted on a wall.
Photo by Daniel Lobo

Is it not easy
to laugh
at others
when ignorant
of the Truth of the World?
To spread the poison
of hatred and pain
when one’s vision
is clouded by
the fog
of ignorance and aversion
attachment and delusion?
For when we recognize
The Truth
and understand
the suffering
that all life entails,
only tears
of compassion
can fall
from eyes
that are fully open.

Incarcerated people

Many incarcerated people from all over the United States correspond with Venerable Thubten Chodron and monastics from Sravasti Abbey. They offer great insights into how they are applying the Dharma and striving to be of benefit to themselves and others in even the most difficult of situations.

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