• “We have learned a great deal from suffering – from our own suffering, and the suffering of the world. We have been wandering for a long time, many thousand years; we don’t have a fixed place to stay, a place for our own. We really want a place to live and to feel safe inside that place. So when we look at the other group, we see that they are like us. They also want a place to stay in safety, in peace. So understanding the suffering of oneself can lead to understanding of the suffering of the other group. And when we have that kind of insight, when we know that if the other side does not have peace, does not have safety, then it would be very difficult for us to have peace, to have safety. And that kind of realization brings about the capacity to include. We see that dhyana means meditation, – looking deeply, calming oneself. Looking deeply in to the situation brings us to understanding. And that kind of understanding makes inclusiveness and acceptance possible. So the practice of inclusiveness is also the practice of dhyana, of meditation and of understanding.”

    Is it possible for our side to accept the fact that the other side also needs a place to live and the safety that can guarantee their life? And with that understanding will we be able to open our heart and include other people? That is the practice of ksanti, inclusiveness, all -embracing. We have learned a lot a great deal from suffering, from our own suffering, and the suffering of the world. We have been wandering for a long time, many thousand years; we don’t have a fixed place to stay, a place for our own. We really want a place to live and to feel safe inside that place. So when we look at the other group, we see that they are like us. They also want a place to stay in safety, in peace. So understanding the suffering of oneself can lead to understanding of the suffering of the other group. And when we have that kind of insight, when we know that if the other side does not have peace, does not have safety, then it would be very difficult for us to have peace, to have safety. And that kind of realization brings about the capacity to include. And therefore we see that dhyana means meditation, – looking deeply calming oneself and looking deeply in to the situation brings us to understanding. And that kind of understanding makes inclusiveness and acceptance possible. So the practice of inclusiveness is also the practice of dhyana, of meditation and of understanding. And that is a big gift. We want to give you, we want to offer you an opportunity to live peacefully with safety, that is a gift. So ksanti includes dana.

    Whether you want or not, humankind will become a community. No matter how hard we resist. We have been talking about globalization. But our experience in Sangha -building, our experience in the practice, may be very helpful in order to guide ourselves so that we can avoid destruction, discord, and suffering. Each of us has to bring our insight, our experience of Sangha-building in order to help the community of men and women. People do not seem to know much about the art of Sangha-building. Separation, destruction is taking place everywhere. In Asia, in the Middle East, everywhere. What characterizes the Sangha is the presence of the Dharma. The Dharma is mindfulness concentration and insight. We should participate in the life of the Sangha in such a way that the Sangha can produce mindfulness, concentration and insight every moment of her daily life, and that will be nourishing, healing, transforming.