Saturday, September 10, 2011

"...In such an ugly time the true protest is beauty." - Phil Ochs

9/11 happened when my son was just over one month old.  To be honest, the memories and emotions of what happened that day have in me been conditioned by what has come to my awareness since then.  In one sense I have noticed the growth of a both a profound empathy towards those who lived through that first hand, and a profound horrific repugnance at those who would exploit this as just another lurid tabloid tale in which to play their demagoguery.

That day,  though, it all seemed surreal - it was just one more thing on TV.  And besides, the overwhelming fact was my wife and son.

There are many unanswered questions about 9/11 - a few of them do indeed involve some Saudi Arabians, money sent to al Qaeda, and  the Bush regime.

But in such an ugly time, it's best to cultivate beauty in  cultivating our selves, our relationships with others, and with where we live, in all that means.

If ever we needed wisdom beyond wisdom, it is in this very moment.

1 comment:

Srisuda from The Buddha Garden said...

Hi there, Mumon, and “Sawasdee Kha” as we say in my home country of Thailand.

This is Srisuda Hongthai from The Buddha Garden. I wanted to email you directly but couldn't find an email address for you :(

I came across your post and you mentioned,

"There are many unanswered questions about 9/11..."

I have some OTHER questions about 9/11 - not the ones you asked, exactly - which might interest you.

We are conducting a survey on Buddhism in America in the ten years since the 9/11 Tragedies, since many people found solace in the teachings of Buddhism after 9/11. The survey is at:

We hope to find answers to:

Why so many people become interested in Buddhism after the 9/11 attacks? Does Buddhism still play a role in their lives ten years after the attacks? How do the attitudes of new Buddhists differ from those who were Buddhists before 9/11?

No matter how long you have been interested in Buddhism, we encourage you to take this survey yourself.

We also kindly ask that you will join other webmasters like yourself by telling your readers through your blog, FaceBook or Twitter pages about the survey and encouraging them to take it as well.

Thank you, and Sawasdee Kha,

Srisuda Hongthai
The Buddha Garden