We experience joy in forming the intention to be generous.
We experience joy in the actual act of giving something.
And we experience joy in remembering the fact that we have given.” —Buddha (via yogachocolatelove)
this is not American Idol, people…
A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?”
“Who are you?” inquired Hakuin.
“I am a samurai,” the warrior replied.
“You, a soldier!” sneered Hakuin, “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? You look like a beggar.”
Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword.
Hakuin continued: “So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably to dull too cut off my head.”
Nobushige drew his sword.
Hakuin remarked: “Here open the gates of hell!”
At these words the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline, put away his sword and bowed.
“Here open the gates of paradise,” said Hakuin.
From Zen flesh, Zen bones
NOTE: I’ve decided to leave this review up, because I still believe in what I say in it about American culture, but I was disappointed to later discover compelling evidence that Suzanne Collins stole the entire idea for The Hunger Games.
The internets are abuzz with freaked out parents who want to “save” their kids from The Hunger Games. It’s too violent, they say. Even the secretary for my chiropractor says so. This, in a society when the average kid goes to school every day not knowing what kind of violence they will face. Will they be physically attacked that day? Ridiculed for their race, class, sexuality, choice of clothing, etc.? All because of a classist, sexist, heteronormative, ablist media culture that teaches our young people that to be normal you have to be white, straight, pretty/handsome, middle class, disability-free, and live in a two-parent household. *SPOILERS BELOW*
The above link illustrates the importance to capacity building for non-profits. Capacity building effects non-profit organizations on many levels and allows for sustainability and success. It is the difference between looking at a glass as half-full or half-empty. Capacity building brings communities, organisations, and individuals together to strengthen an organisation.