Way of the Bodhisattva
“May all who are sick and ill,
Quickly be freed from their ailments,
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again”
From Bodhicharyavatara, by Arya Shantideva
Last time I spoke about my own personal suffering, but the pandemic is beyond one’s own pain, it is a collective suffering. Despite all precautions, I still got covid, not only did I get it, my entire family, husband, child, our house helps, and their families were affected at the same time.
Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh said, “When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and centered, it was enough. It showed the way for everyone to survive.”