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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Wisdom from the World’s Faiths and Traditions for 2018


Welcome back to our blog for the New Year.  We once again begin the new year with the wisdom from the different faith traditions.  The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, an organization that we have featured on our blog on different occasions, has shared with us a list of their resolutions drawn from the many traditions that make up our community.  Have your students ponder their meaning and check out the Tanenbaum resources and programs for teachers and principals at https://tanenbaum.org/programs/education/  We thank them for allowing us to share this with our readers. 

SHARED VISIONS
FOR 2018, TANENBAUM RESOLVES...

To Be Loving
Baha’i
Take pride not in love for yourselves but in love for your fellow-creatures. Glory not in love for your country, but in love for all mankind.  Bahá'u'lláh, Tablets of Wisdom

To Conquer Fear With Courage
Buddhism
Courage is not doing something in the absence of fear but knowing that something else is more important than fear. So we do it.  Tsem Tulku Rinpoche

To Put the Golden Rule into Practice
Christianity
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.  Matthew 7:12

To Pursue a World Where Nonviolence is the Norm
Hinduism
Nonviolence (Ahimsa) is the highest virtue, nonviolence is the highest self-control, nonviolence is the greatest gift, nonviolence is the best suffering, nonviolence is the highest sacrifice, nonviolence is the finest strength, nonviolence is the greatest friend, nonviolence is the greatest happiness, nonviolence is the highest truth, nonviolence is the greatest teaching.  Mahabharata 13.117.37-38.*

To Perform Good Deeds and Focus on Action—Not Words Alone
Islam
(And) lo! those who believe and do good works are the best of created beings.  Qur'an, 98.7 (Pickthall)

To Forgive
Jainism
Subvert anger by forgiveness.  Samanasuttan 136

To Educate Ourselves and Others by Confronting Fake News Head-On
Judaism
[Wisdom] is a tree of life to those who grasp her, and whoever holds on to her is happy. Proverbs 3:18

To Live Peace
Native American: Shenandoah
It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.  Shenandoah

To Be Honest
Shinto
Follow honesty without fail.  Oracle of Amaterasu at the Kotai Shrine

To Speak With Honor by Practicing Civility
Sikhism
Speak only that which will bring you honor.  Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

To Be Grateful
Taoism
Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.  Lao Tzu


* Metta Center for Nonviolence, Ahimsa. Ahimsa has multiple translations, while its best translation in English is nonviolence, it connotes love in action, not just the absence of violence.

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