Sep 26, 2008
The Buddha: “If one should conquer thousands in battle, and if another should conquer only himself, his indeed is the greatest victory.”
Life as a battle is a common metaphor — even in Buddhist teachings. Bodhipaksa shows how the Buddha subverted the language of violence so that the true victory was to practice love.
If you look closely at life you’ll probably see that in at least some respects you see it as a battle.
Sometimes we say we “struggle” to keep up with our responsibilities. At times it seems we’re in “competition” with others for approval, status, or power. We talk about “fighting off” a cold. We say that “forewarned is forearmed.” We say that we made a suggestion, only to have it “shot down.” Doctors are constantly searching for new “weapons” …