Sunday, September 21, 2014

Unconditional Loving

Children can be the most comforting and the most challenging beings to enter your life. The reason for such extreme possibilities lies in the fact that sane parental love stretches to the outer limits of human emotion - so large and all encompassing, nearly unconditional.

Buddhist texts say that the closest thing to Buddha Love is that which a mother has for her only son. (That ditty was written in the age of the patriarch; we must amend it to "only child.") Despite the anachronistic reference to male dominance, this saying still holds water in the modern era.

So on this sunny Sunday, with the sweet sound of the neighborhood children calling out their playful bliss, and a brother and sister sitting in my living room talking music, life takes on the tranquility of the middle way.

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