There are 2 patterns of thinking, the West and the East (not the geographic origin of people). Some day in the future, those two would integrate as one, having acknowledged and accepted differences, this would lead to the world peace.

‘Song of Sorrow for Parting’ is one of the student songs of Chuo University, my old school.

I recently learned the origin of this song, when Chuo University published an article written by Mr. Eisuke Fujie, the composer of the song.

Mr. Fujie used a poem written by Mr. Toson Shimamura, to compose this farewell song to see off fellow students who were called for the war. You would sense deep sorrow and tears shed by young and sensitive students who had no choice but going to the war.

Today, 15th August is the 72nd anniversary of the end of the war for Japanese people.

Daisetsu Suzuki said…
There are 2 patterns of thinking, the West and the East (not the geographic origin of people). Some day in the future, those two would integrate as one, having acknowledged and accepted differences, this would lead to the world peace.

The West: God as the great creator, man and the earth being created. Nature is to be controlled and conquered with force. One to dominate the other. LIBERTY means being freed from some form of restrictions or domination.

The East: the character for Nature means “to exist as it is”. By the power of universe, all exists as it is. Nature is to be respected, try to assimilate into the nature. The character for LIBERTY means “from the beginning it exists as it is”

For the world peace, it would be useful if we all became aware of the sensitivity of the original form of Eastern wisdom, the pattern of thinking. It really does not matter, what nationality you are or where you are from, the Way of being human is the same.

While we are blessed to live, it would be worthwhile to use our utmost to strive in this life for understanding and respecting the difference without using force.

  • free from clinging and hatred
  • Compassion & Loving Kindness: do not harm anyone, non-violence, non-harming
  • kind and truthful words, try to do the good

Mindfulness underpinned by the Eastern tradition would be so powerful to achieve peaceful world. The more we became aware of our inner peace, the grater chance we have in achieving peaceful world.

What are we doing to disturb our inner peace that we already have?

 
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