The Daily Dharma – May 11, 2021

Still life oil painting of a yellow, white and blue pitcher surrounded by three bright red peppers on a deep blue background.

Continuing from Living Buddha, Living Christ

The use of alcohol and drugs is causing so much damage to our societies and families. Governments use airplanes, guns, and armies to try to stop the flow of drugs, with little success. Drug users know how destructive their habit is, but they cannot stop. There is so much pain and loneliness inside them, and the use of alcohol and drugs helps them to forget for a while. Once people are addicted to alcohol and drugs, they might do anything to get the drugs they need – lie, steal, rob, or even kill. Trying to stop the drug traffic is not the best use of our resources. Offering education, wholesome alternatives, and hope, and encouraging people to practice the Fifth Precept are much better solutions. To restore our balance and transform the pain and loneliness that are already in us, we have to study and practice the art of touching and ingesting the refreshing, nourishing, and healing elements that are already available. We have to practice together as a family, as a community, and a nation. The practice of mindful consuming should become part of our national health policy. Making it so should be a top priority.

Thich Nhat Hanh

To be continued…

Primaries Painting Seamus Berkeley