Lizzy Scully owns MergeThis Media and is an adjunct faculty member for Metro State's Department of Communications/Journalism. For more information, please visit her website: www.lizzyscully.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Death and Buddha
In light of the recent tragedies in my cherished community of climbers, I am determined to try to stick closer to my Buddhist vows of being kind and living for the benefit of all beings. Some people, like Jonny, his girlfriend Sara, and my friend Jenna, easily and gracefully live their Buddha nature all day, every day. They were/are all such bright spirits. They remind me that I also have Buddha nature, as does every person on earth.
But sometimes, despite knowing this, I find it hard to just be kind. I am not ashamed of myself, nor will I beat myself up because I am sometimes a bitch. However, I will take these tragedies as an opportunity to consider my Buddhist vows more deeply. The deaths of my friends Jonny Copp and Micah Dash and the recent health troubles of one of my other friends, reminds me that whenever I lash out, slander, and/or otherwise spread negative energy, I am hurting not only myself, but my friends, family, girlfriend, and the world community. There is enough pain, anger, and lashing out in the world. I am determined to stop adding to it. I strive to be kinder and more loving. To the deceased Jonny and Micah and my living, beautiful friends Jenna and Sara, you are my inspiration to be kinder.