Today, 13 November is World Kindness Day, an occasion for us to celebrate one of the most significant and unifying human principles. This special celebration is devoted to the positive potential and ability of kindness to bring people together regardless of one's ethnicity, religion or culture.
After eleven months into the new decade, most of us would agree on one thing – our time ‘online’ has increased manifold compared to pre-pandemic days. We have glared into brightly lit screens to work, study, grocery-shop, learn Dhamma and even attend retreats. With patience, we distanced ourselves socially as needed to help break the chain of Covid-19 infections, but how do we ensure that we do not disconnect ourselves from our humanity?
Kindness carries the quality of love and friendliness. It displaces defilements such as anger, greed and aversion because kindness is built upon virtues such as generosity, care and thoughtfulness. As human beings, we have an unlimited capacity to be kind when we train our minds to see the realities of life.
The dramatic and spectacular 2016 Olympiad had just come to a close. For two weeks, the world got to witness amazing displays of athleticism and human achievement. What’s more inspiring were the authentic moments of great sportsmanship and humanism.