anonymous said:

Ahimsa isn't biologically Westin's? I thought he was. sorry if I spelt anything wrong :/

Nope. I met westin a little before ahimsa turned one. He couldn’t even walk hehe. You did good on the spelling.

The Golden Rule poster by Paul McKenna (Golden Rules for Peace, gathered from 13 Religions).

Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.
- Chief Dan George

Baha’i Faith
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be
laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would
not desire for yourself.
- Baha’u’llah, Gleanings

Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find
- The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

In everything, do to others as you would have them do to
you; for this is the law and the prophets.
- Jesus, Matthew 7:12

One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…
loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want
done to yourself.
- Confucius, Analects 15.23

This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would
cause pain if done to you.
- Mahabharata 5:1517

Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what
you wish for yourself.
- The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith

One should treat all creatures in the world
as one would like to be treated.
- Mahavira, Sutrakritanga

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is
the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.
- Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a

I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me.
Indeed, I am a friend to all.
- Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299

Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your
neighbor’s loss as your own loss.
- T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien, 213-218

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web
of all existence, of which we are a part.
- Unitarian principle

Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.
- Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

A brief description of ahimsa for those unfamiliar: Ahimsa means kindness and non-violence towards all living things including animals; it respects living beings as a unity, the belief that all living things are connected.

This is Sherlock, he was supposed to be a Smithfield Ham but fell off of the truck headed to slaughter. He was rescued by some compassionate people and now he takes mud baths, eats marshmallows, and is best friends with a little hen who sleeps in his bed of hay each night. Every pig that becomes bacon, ham, or other pork products has just as much personality and joie de vivre as Sherlock. I am proud to be vegan and be able to look Sherlock in the eyes and call him a friend. 

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Peace Begins with You

"The last time Martin Luther King and I met was in Geneva during the peace conference called Paix sur Terre — "Peace on Earth." I was able to tell him that the people in Vietnam were very grateful for him because he had come out against the violence in Vietnam. They considered him to be a great bodhisattva, working for his own people and supporting us. Unfortunately, three months later he was assassinated.

People were very compassionate and willing to support us in ending the war in Vietnam during the sixties. But the peace movement in America did not have enough patience. People became angry very quickly because what they were doing wasn’t bringing about what they wanted. So there was a lot of anger and violence in the peace movement.

Nonviolence and compassion are the foundations of a peace movement. If you don’t have enough peace and understanding and loving-kindness within yourself, your actions will not truly be for peace. Everyone knows that peace has to begin with oneself, but not many people know how to do it.

Engaged Buddhism is just Buddhism. When bombs begin to fall on people, you cannot stay in the meditation hall all of the time. Meditation is about the awareness of what is going on- not only in your body and in your feelings, but all around you.

When I was a novice in Vietnam, we young monks witnessed the suffering caused by the war. So we were very eager to practice Buddhism in such a way that we could bring it into society. That was not easy because the tradition does not directly offer Engaged Buddhism. So we had to do it by ourselves. That was the birth of Engaged Buddhism.

Buddhism has to do with your daily life, with your suffering and with the suffering of the people around you. You have to learn how to help a wounded child while still practicing mindful breathing. You should not allow yourself to get lost in action. Action should be meditation at the same time.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Shambhala Sun, 2008 Interview