Before you ask, “Where are the supposed majority of moderate Muslims denouncing terrorism?” it might be useful to ask, “Where are the supposed majority of moderate Republicans denouncing Donald Trump?”
It’s so easy for a religion, a political party, a race, a culture, a sexual preference, or just about anything to get hijacked by assholes, and it’s so hard to get it back once that’s happened.
How many ways do we human beings divide ourselves up?
Christians and unbelievers. Muslims and unbelievers. Jews and unbelievers. Buddhists and unbelievers.
Those with penises and those without. Those who like penises and those who don’t.
Whites and coloreds. Blacks and Whites. Kikuyus and Luos. The Loyalists and the Nationalists.
Those who suffer under the oppression of the Patriarchy and those who enjoy Privilege.
Those who know we’re all just human beings and those who don’t.
And so it goes. The list goes on and on. The details don’t matter. They really don’t. They just don’t. Who the fuck even cares? You sure don’t.
Maybe someday we’ll find a way to stop dividing up the human race into teams, but that day is a long way off.
Team Stupid blew up some people in Belgium the other day. A couple days after that they blew some up in Iraq. A few days earlier they blew some up in Turkey.
We all have just one life. There’s no Heaven or Paradise or 78 Virgins awaiting any of us. There’s no Jesus to forgive your sins. There’s no Buddha to grant you Enlightenment. We won’t be reincarnated or reborn.
This is it. Your one show. Everything you do is carved into the Universe forever and never, never goes away.
There is never any shortage of reasons to hate. You can even hate hate. You can even be intolerant of intolerance. You can kill for any nation or any religion. You can kill for goodness and love.
There’s no solution in thought. There’s no idea or string of ideas that will ever solve this. There’s no book. There’s no creed. Nothing your brain can ever work out is going to fix this. Forget about it.
That doesn’t mean there’s no solution. It’s just that you can’t think this one through. There’s no “Just do this and it’s all better” answer to this one. There’s no pill you can pop.
Some people are crazy. They are never going to learn. They are committed to Team Stupid come hell or high water.
When you say everyone has a right to live, then they do too. When you say everyone has a right to voice their ideas, then they do to. When you say everyone has a right to bear arms, then they do too.
Your responsibility to and for everything extends beyond your feeble ability to even so much as comprehend more than a tiny fraction of everything you own and everything you are.
You want an answer? Here? From me? You have got to be joking.
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March 25, 2016 Venice, California Mystic Journey Bookstore 7:00pm
April 7, 2016 San Francisco, California Against The Stream
April 8, 2016 San Francisco, California San Francisco Zen Center
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April 23, 2016 Long Island, New York Molloy College “Spring Awakening 2016”
June 2, 2016 Los Angeles, CA The Last Bookstore 7:00pm
September 10-11, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland 2-Day Retreat
September 14, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland Zazen and Discussion
September 16-17, 2016 Dublin, Ireland 3-Day Retreat
September 22-25, 2016 Hebden Bridge, England, 4-Day Retreat
September 27, 2016 – Wimbledon, London, England – Talk and Q&A
September 29-October 2, 2016 Helsinki, Finland, 4-Day Retreat
October 3, 2016 Turku, Finland, Talk at the University
October 4-5, Stockholm, Sweden, Talk and 1-Day-Retreat
October 7, 2016 Berlin, Germany Zenlab
October 14, 2016 Munich, Germany, Lecture
October 15-16, 2016 Munich, Germany, 2-Day Retreat
October 23-28, 2016 Benediktushof Meditation Centrum (near Würzburg, Germany) 5-Day Retreat
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