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Fear is born from arming oneself.Afternoons have included ‘special interest’ groups on everything: meditation practice and teaching, co-housing, focussing, fundraising for India, dance, NVC, the new Sila Network, support for new Triratna groups, poetry readings, the Karuna Trust – and plenty more! In the background has been a sizeable art exhibition, an even larger ‘shopping mall’, and the ‘Imaginarium’ – a “most wondrous collection of curiosities for the inspiration, provocation, delight and delectation of the Imagination”. One evening saw the traditional welcome to all new Order Members – well over 100 – plus a remembering of all those resigned or died since the last Convention. Sangharakshita has been present in the background and will be here tomorrow for the celebrations marking his 86th birthday.
Just see how many people fight!
I’ll tell you about the dreadful fear
that caused me to shake all over:
Seeing creatures flopping around,
Like fish in water too shallow,
So hostile to one another!
— Seeing this, I became afraid.
This world completely lacks essence;
It trembles in all directions.
I longed to find myself a place
Unscathed — but I could not see it.
Seeing people locked in conflict,
I became completely distraught.
But then I discerned here a thorn
— Hard to see — lodged deep in the heart…
It’s only when pierced by this thorn
That one runs in all directions.
So if that thorn is taken out —
one does not run, and settles down.