Free or Not Free 自由か不自由か


Good morning!


After sitting in the best body alignment with breathing, blood circulation, muscle and nerve function, etc. working well, the body warming up and the immune function up, we become harmonious, healthy, and happy, as snow and separation disappear in warm weather. As we recite the Heart Sutra, all substance melts in śūnya, suňňa, transferred into zifr (Arabic), zero.


Yesterday, the Nuclear Posture Review was made public, strengthened further with “usable nuclear warheads.” Even though it said no preemptive attack, Trump has the sole control of nuke launching. Einstein said he did not know about WWIII, but that WWIV would be fought with stones. We now know of nuclear winter and radiation disaster, so maybe no WWIV.


Ma Thida, who was imprisoned six years due to her work with Aung San Suu Kyi by the Myanmar military regime, said, “Were it not for vipassana (observation meditation) I would not have overcome the untold hardships I faced in prison.” Thus she became free even in prison, while the guard et al outside the prison were not free, as the Deputy Prison Head said.


The Milinda-paňha, Milinda’a (Menandros, a Greek Baktrian, now Afghanistan, King) Question to the Buddhist monk Nagasena – thought to be the first dialogue between the East and the West – mentions at its end that the king said he was in a gold cage (a palace, but not free as the opposite case of Ma Thida). All are caged or boxed in ego karma unless in nirvana.




Note 1: About Ma Thida:

2: The following was quoted at this summary Dharma talk cautioning that now a gigantic military spending is causing miseries and sufferings: mass refuges, deaths, and the devastations of killing, stealing, lying, raping, starvation, poverty, pollution, resource depletion, global warming, mass extinction of species, etc.:


“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. […] Is there no other way the world may live?” (a part of president Dwight D. Eisenhauer’s farewell address on Jan. 17, 1961)













註 1:マ・チーダについてのウィキぺデイア:












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