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In Response to the Killing of George Floyd...What Would Buddha Do? (part 2)

by Danadasa (2020)

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” --Dr. Martin Luther King

On May 25 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. As a result, we have witnessed world-wide protests demanding justice for black people. If the Buddha was alive today, what would he teach? What Would Buddha Do? Of course, the Buddha is no longer with us so we must turn to his teachings. What helpful advice can we extract from the Pali Canon? In this second talk given at San Francisco Buddhist Center’s Sangha Night on July 15 2020, Danadasa explores the themes of samatha and vipassana, wisdom and compassion, and the Bramha Viharas using teachings from the Sallekha Sutta (MN 8) and the Metta Sahagata Sutta (SN 46.54).