Listening to the Cries of the World

A very small insight: This week I’m practising the short contemplation in “listening to the cries of the world” a way of opening up to compassion with a pure, kind heart: acknowledging that we can all hear the hurt in the hearts of all human beings. You sit quietly and let the cries in.

This practice comes from the zen concept that “the Regarder of the Cries of the World” is always present and listening (in the journey of Zen from India to Japan, by the time Zen reached Korea, via China, the mythical Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara had changed gender. By now the god had become a “she”, Kwan Yin the Goddess of Compassion).

Humanity’s heart is broken – I like the way Lynne McTaggart says it: we’re suffering from unrequited humanity . . .  in her book The Bond  . My own insight today is that humanity has also given itself a big headache, but then that’s been building for centuries.

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