Daily Writing Prompt Challenge
I’d like to propose a daily writing prompt challenge. The prompts come from a book titled More Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations . It consists of daily quotes from various Buddhist writings intended to inspire, to get the reader to think or feel. I wish to express this reaction in writing and hope to motivate others to do so also.
Because of copyright laws and my own conscience, I will not be quoting whole passages or else by the end of the year, I will have transcribed the entire book. Those who wrote the book might frown on that. And rightfully so.
If you’d like to participate, please tag your posts 365DailyPrompt
The prompt for today, March 24 is:
He who gave rise to mind of hate, even to those who commit the most violent act toward you, is not following the Buddha’s teaching.
This is my response:
There is a time for anger and a time for letting go. But there is also a legitimate need for protection and safety. I grew up with a manipulative nasty alcoholic stepfather. The best thing I did for myself was to cut all ties with the bastard. If I’d have had children, they would never have gone near him. Simple time and age—even when he stopped drinking—didn’t make him any less manipulative or nasty. At the same time, I have better things to do with my life than wait outside his front door with an AK-47. The best revenge really is a good life.
Is this in line with Buddha’s teaching? I don’t know.
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