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PaksRott
20 Aug 12, 18:10
Hello.

A commentary what really "spoke" to me and after reading it several times it also made me a little sad. I try to be more careful what i do (even if i need to buy a new phone). Not doing anything is also doing something. But important point - i really liked it and now i just want to share it.

"The girl in Manila is that way because of the way we are."


In the city of Manila there are many young prostitutes, some of them only fourteen or fifteen years old. They are very unhappy young ladies. They did not want to be prostitutes. Their families are poor and these young girls went to the city to look for some kind of job, like a street vendor, to make money to send back to their families.

Of course this is not true only in Manila, but in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, in New York City, and in Paris also. It is true that in the city you can make money more easily than in the countryside, so we can imagine how a young girl may have been tempted to go there to help her family.

But after only a few weeks there, she was persuaded by a clever person to work for her and to earn perhaps one hundred times more money. Because she was so young and did not know much about life, she accepted, and became a prostitute. Since that time, she has carried the feeling of being impure, defiled, and this causes her great suffering. When she looks at other young girls, dressed beautifully, belonging to good families, a wretched feeling wells up in her, and this feeling of defilement has become her hell.

But if she had an opportunity to meet with Avalokita, he would tell her to look deeply at herself and at the whole situation, and see that she is like this because other people are like that. "This is like this, because that is like that."

So how can a so-called good girl, belonging to a good family, be proud? Because their way of life is like this, the other girl has to be like that. No one among us has clean hands. No one of us can claim it is not our responsibility. The girl in Manila is that way because of the way we are. Looking into the life of that young prostitute, we see the non-prostitute people. And looking at the non-prostitute people, and at the way we live our lives, we see the prostitute.


The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh

Aloka
20 Aug 12, 18:13
Can you give the URL links for any quotes you copy, please, PaksRott.

source of your quote:

http://profcohen.net/reli189/hahn-heart_of_understanding.pdf

PaksRott
20 Aug 12, 18:18
Can you give the URL links for copy and paste quotes please, PaksRott.

Actually I can't. I retyped it from a book, but i am sure the quotation what i made is enough by the EU law (not sure about the forum rules and outside EU laws). But if needed, this post can be deleted.

And thank you Aloka-D for the link. Seems i am too used for books and it also might be true - everything is in internet. I try to use searchengines more.

Aloka
20 Aug 12, 18:24
I found a link to it #2.

I have to be careful about copyright laws. Some books say no reproduction of anything in the book is allowed.

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