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  • I used to want to “save the world,” and then a time came

    when I realized that I had to save myself first, and only then,

    could I be of any help to others, or the human race. So it begins

    with the simplicity of daily life: food, home, work, prayer, love.

    There is much wisdom in the monastic life, in shibumi, in practice,

    the sacred community of friends and kindred spirits. We need each other.

    It is no longer possible to act alone. So I reach out to you, fellow monks,

    and ask you to share what you are learning, what is your Path?

    We need now to share ourselves as fully as possible, our trials,

    our victories, our dreams of a possible future, and what we can do.

    We need to talk about what concerns us, what action is called for.

    Please notice that I am not mentioning names, or countries or causes.

    I just erased a sentence because it had too many 'buzzwords' in it,

    trigger words that would register in the vast cybernet of censorship

    that now surrounds us everywhere: our Surveillance Society.

    Let me repeat that. I erased a whole sentence, because of some words,

    Words that might activate a program somewhere, and bring armed men

    into my home, and who knows what would happen next. Even words

    have become dangerous, so one speaks carefully, writes as little as possible

    about the things that really matter, deep things that will determine our future.

    There are things we can only say now to each other as we sit together,

    in the middle of a wide, empty desert, under the sky, or in a quiet corner

    of a local park or coffee house, and there are things we dare not say, even there,

    because who knows whether the place may be wired? Who knows?

    See how the tentacles of tyranny can intrude even into a poem,

    a poem about what we can do to save each other, and the world?

    )Photo taken in the virtual 3-D world of Second Life, China sim)
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