Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

“Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy.

Who is your friend? Mind is your friend.”


I have on my refrigerator a picture of a solitary Chinese man returning from shopping with grocery bags in both hands, standing in front of a row of military tanks in Tianamen Square, unwilling to let them pass. We admire those who remain cool-headed in difficulties, those who carry the lamp of wisdom beautifully in the world, and we are sometimes deeply moved by images of nobility and courage like his. But that spirit is not only in him; it is in us too. Although we sometimes lose touch with it, we each have deep within us a lamp of wisdom, and a powerful spirit of compassion and conscience and understanding that we can draw upon.

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