L0oking for material to post for Pesach, I can across this remarkable evocation of Buddhism as an explanation for our new First Lady. What is remarkable/ The Buddhist post evokes the central teachings of the Passover Seder.
"Michelle's Way: Lessons In Buddhism From The First Lady"
Tonight, for the first time in history, our First Lady will attend a Passover Seder in the white House with her two daughters, as the President honors the Jewish people. For the last week she has been electrifying Europe with her warmth and her fearlessness in showing that she cares. She is adored wherever she goes for one simple reason: She brings hope. The hope that the world can be a caring and compassionate place, and the hope anyone of any color or background can fulfill their dreams.
It brought tears to our eyes when the children at the school Michelle Obama visited in London jumped up and down and hugged and hugged her and she hugged them back. We could see in their faces that, because of her, they too felt they had a chance. Her charisma and confidence make others feel comfortable in her presence. Deb, being English, was delighted to finally see someone arm in arm with the Queen!
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity. -Buddha
<see original for full comments about Michelle>
A person who gives freely is loved by all. It's hard to understand, but it is in giving that we gain strength. But there is a proper time and a proper way to give, and the person who understands this is strong and wise. By giving with a feeling of reverence for life, envy and anger are banished. A path to happiness is found. Like one who plants a sapling and in due course receives back shade, flowers, and fruit, so the results of giving bring joy. Through continuous acts of kindness the heart is strengthened by compassion and giving. -Buddha
When people speak badly of you, you should respond in this way: Keep a steady heart and don't reply with harsh words. Practice letting go of resentment and accept that the other's hostility is the spur to your understanding. Be kind, adopt a generous standpoint, treat your enemy as a friend, and suffuse all your world with affectionate thoughts, far-reaching and widespread, limitless and free from hate. Buddha"
What could be more appropriate for Passover? Last year BHO attended an informal Seder on the campaign trail organized by Eric Lesser, a special assistant to White House official David Axelrod. At the end, they wished each other "Next Year in the White House!."
And that came to be! The photograph has a lot of content. Barack is at the end, not the head of the table. How do I know this? The Seder was overseen by Eric Lesser and he is sitting in the center seat. I note that the Seder plate is not in front of BHO .. and that there in , in addition to the Obama girls, at least one young person at the other end of the table. I assume this person. rather than the President read the four questions!
There is more ... the cushions at each place, the portrait on the wall, the crystal chandelier, the friends gathered to celebrate freedom. I hope this is the first step in a new American tradition of sharing the best of all cultures.