The Zen saying “Drinking this cup of green tea, I stop the war” offers us a chance to explore our own relationship with war. While it may sound passive and irresponsible on the surface, how we meet even the most basic activities internally, supports how we meet things, especially conflict, externally. So how do we meet war? Are we “anti-war” and, thus, at war with war? Or are we “pro-peace,” where we are not at war with war? This exploration is especially relevant in today’s world, where its population is touched so often, and so deeply, by armed conflict.
So what do you feel totally committed to supporting that isn’t about clinging? What would inspire you to freely serve? How can we meet the idea of war and defense in the 21st Century. How can we be compassionate and loving in this process no matter what?