Freedom Is Not The Same As Independence

Although Americans celebrate their Independence today, Freedom is another matter altogether: freedom from fear, loneliness, poverty, persecution, hunger, ignorance, hatred, pain ~ for every being on this planet ~ has still to be achieved.

Keep the awareness of this today, and if you have achieved it in small part for yourself, celebrate that and give it to another.

This is in a way the practice of Tonglen, which is Tibetan for ‘giving and taking’ (or, sending and taking). It refers to a meditation practice found in Tibetan Buddhism.

In the practice, one visualizes taking onto oneself the suffering of others, and giving one’s own happiness and success to others

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