When I finished watching a recording earlier, the TV was sitting on 60 Minutes and a story about Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Burma/Myanmar. The story included a fairly lengthy look at current battles between Buddhists and Muslims, focusing on Buddhist monk leader, Ashin Wrathu.
I watched the Wrathu interview with growing indignation at his hatefulness and advocacy of violence. Outraged that he could foment such horrors while considering himself to be a good Buddhist. I realized with a shock this was the first time I’d ever seen what fundamentalism looks like on a Buddhist. And I LOATHED it. I found myself reflecting on the similarities among fundamentalists of all varieties and feeling angrier.
For a little while after watching I carried on inwardly raging. And then I smiled. If I can be that mad, unleash that much fury… I am him. And I can heal that in me. Great moment for me — and of course I realized, a perfect tale for J2P Monday.
For the fear I note in him and therefore acknowledge in me: I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
For the fury within me that reflects the fury in him, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
For the intolerance for fundamentalism I hold in myself, reflecting his intolerance for Muslims: I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
For the judgments I hold about who is wrong and who is right, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
For the anger that rises so quickly in me at whatever I see that I don’t like, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.
What makes you angry in the news? What can you see in yourself that’s reflected in that story? What can you heal in you? Say the prayer.