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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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peachpurple wrote on March 25, 2015, 2:54 AM

great quote, maybe not from buddha but Confucius?

msiduri wrote on March 25, 2015, 8:10 AM

Glad you like the quote. I rather did also. According to the book, it comes from something called "In Buddha's Words." It offers no other information about it and I've never heard of it.

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msiduri wrote on March 25, 2015, 8:15 AM

I'm glad you like it also. I'm not a believer, though I'm far more familiar with Christianity than with Buddhism. It strikes me that on some level, all religions, when they're being honest, simply speak to us human critters on the level of being human. That's certainly why an old heathen such as myself can read and relate to so much of what's in them.

Telynor wrote on March 27, 2015, 1:50 AM

A very interesting statement. I know just the very basic bits about Buddhism, so I'm a bit at sea. Letting go of hate is very difficult to do, and I applaud anyone who can do it. I still feel a great deal of anger whenever I get triggered and I remember the abusers in my life. I keep trying out my coping skills, and try really hard for Radical Acceptance (ta da!) but it's not as easy as it sounds.

msiduri wrote on March 27, 2015, 9:12 AM

If you know the basic bits of Buddhism, you probably know more than I. I think, just in general, there is a balance where you decide that hate/anger can't control you anymore. I understand anger at abusers. My alcoholic stepfather recently died. Other than sadness at the death of a fellow human being, I felt no sense of loss, only relief. I know I'll never accidentally run into him. But I'd long ago gave up wanting to hang outside his front door with an AK-47 (or even an Uzi) simply because I decided I had better things to do and more interesting places to be. I don't know if that qualifies as radical acceptance, but it sure made my life easier.