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« Reply #1: March 24, 2009, 10:48:40 pm »

How does the idea of "giving back" work into your religion? Does it at all?

Yes. My spiritual dedication is one and the same as my humanitarian dedication. "Is lei me. Is mise ise." (I am Hers. I am Her.) doesn't just mean that I dedicate myself to the world in a spiritual sense (the world/universe as the divine), it means I dedicate myself in every possible sense. I really don't know how to express it, it is like I have given all of myself, made myself a vessel for something greater than me. This poem by Shantideva (an 8th century Buddhist scholar) that Starglade helpfully pointed me towards kinda sums it up:

May I be a guard for all those who are protector-less,
A guide for those who journey on the road,
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

For all those ailing in the world,
Until their every sickness has been healed,
May I myself become for them
The doctor, nurse, the medicine itself.
- Shantideva

To be honest, there was no active giving. It is not that I lose something by choosing this life path, I would lose everything by not accepting it. It is who I am, the dedication was me accepting and formalizing that.

I don't think I've been terribly coherent. I never am on this subject. It is more something I simply know and experience than something I can express. It doesn't help that I am half asleep. Maybe when I wake up in the morning I'll be able to formulate a more coherent response.
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