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As a nation and as individuals, we have all been indelibly marked by the mass shootings that have occurred all too often in recent years. One week ago, our hearts broke yet again as we learned of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Faced with the acutely painful suffering of not only those who were immediately affected by the tragedy but also of a nation whose social fabric and institutions have led to the possibility of these tragedies happening at all, we ask ourselves—with difficulty—how to respond to such violence, suffering, and pain. Today, Tricycle looks to those whom we often turn to for guidance and leadership in heartbreaking times—our teachers—to help us see this senseless violence in a way that brings us hope. With contributions from Susan Piver, Frank Ostaseski, Sharon Salzberg, Angel Kyodo Williams, Tulku Sherdor, and Lama Surya Das, they offer us the Buddhist teachings with which we can handle our profound grief, and move beyond it toward compassionate and wise action. As we gather with our families during the upcoming holidays, we remember, and mourn, all of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our minds, hearts, and prayers are with them.
May all beings be well
May all beings be happy
May all beings be free from suffering