On Conquering Hate
The Dhammapada (Pāli; Prakrit: धम्मपद Dhamapada; Sanskrit: धर्मपद Dharmapada) is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures.The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.
And here is a modern application of this…….
The great Cambodian spiritual teacher, Maha Ghosananda, once entered a refugee camp in Thailand. The Khmer Rouge regime had forbidden the practice of religion in Cambodia and the refugees had not seen a Buddhist monk in many years. There were refugees in the camp who had lost many family members to the “killing fields,” the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge soldiers.
But the camps were also now filling up with these same former Khmer soldiers who were also fleeing their Cambodian homeland.
( Now is that Karma or what ! )
Tensions in the camp were very high.
As he entered the main, dusty road of this tent city, Maha Ghosananda began to chant from the Dhammapada, an old and famous Buddhist scripture. “Hatred is not conquered by hatred,” he chanted, “Hatred is vanquished by love.” Over and over he chanted this famous stanza and the children of the camp began to join in and followed him in procession to the center of the camp where the refugees has set up a makeshift bamboo altar. Soon the adults joined in and everyone was chanting together: “Hatred is not conquered by hatred. Hatred is vanquished by love.”