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Where do we take direction from in uncertain times ?

When asked, “How can we know if a nation or culture will survive or not?” the Buddha answered:

“As long as a society holds regular and frequent assemblies, meeting in harmony and mutual respect, can they be expected to prosper and not decline.

As long as a society follows the long held traditions of wisdom, and honors its elders, can they be expected to prosper and not decline.

As long as a society protects the wives and daughters and vulnerable among them, can they be expected to prosper and not decline.

As long as a society cares for the shrines and sacred places of the natural world, can they be expected to prosper and not decline.

—Mahaparinirvana Sutta (a text of Buddha’s last teaching).

 

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