Heroes

From Chagdud Khadro:

Tashi delek!
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 Writing this from beautiful Tara Mandala in Colorado, where I have been teaching P’howa. In retreats about preparing for death, I meet heroes, the quiet ones. Yesterday a young woman, now a volunteer at Tara Mandala, told me about her experience of 9/11. She had come to work late that day, and arrived in Manhattan just as the first World Trade tower collapsed. Her office building was next to the damaged twin towers. As everyone was fleeing  north, she took a taxi south, until the driver refused to go further. She jumped out, ran to her office, and forced her colleagues to evacuate. A few minutes later the second Trade Center tower collapsed, pulverizing her office building. Her colleagues would have died had she not helped them leave.
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For nine months more, she worked to re-establish the corporation, then she spent two years in a mountain cabin, recovering from the trauma. I asked her if it was hard to be alone after such an experience, and she smiled and said no, she had enjoyed the solitude.
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I know many other quiet heroes: the groups who did p’howa for bin Laden, not wishing him the hellish consequences of his actions; people who have put aside their personal agendas and served dying family members and friends for days/months/years; the volunteers who teach and guide the children at Sitio Esperanca, Chagdud Gonpa’s small but thriving school in Brazil; volunteers everywhere who work not because their activities are enjoyable but because they are participating in a great offering of benefit for others.
In the deepest sense, all who seriously apply the Buddha’s trainings for the transformation of their ordinary emotions and concepts are the quiet heroes. When the moment comes to act with pure, selfless compassion for the welfare of others, they will be ready.
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Khadro
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