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Two Kinds Of Resistance
by Rhonda Fabian

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The light begins its slow return to places in the North, and today a new year begins.
Some people are saying it is already “too late” – climate chaos, species loss, war, disparity – that we have gone too far, the darkness is too profound. We, however, believe no darkness is so profound that a single candle cannot dispel it.
The Buddha’s teaching on light and darkness is simple: they depend on each other for their existence. Like ‘above and below’, ‘left and right’, ‘birth and death’ – take one away and its partner ceases to be. They do not have a separate self – and neither do we. Each of us is composed of many elements – our ancestors, DNA, what we consume, our relationships, and our actions. Maybe somewhere in the world, our ‘opposite’ also exists.
Anger, outrage, despair, fear – these are common responses to the injustices we see around us. We want to take action, to rebel, to protest and oppose the people on the ‘opposite’ side of the issue or debate. However we must be skillful at transforming these feelings into compassionate and nonviolent action if we want this kind of resistance to be effective. This resistance requires satyagraha, or soul force – the fire of determination in our hearts, and a willingness to see that, like ‘left and right’, we depend on each other, even those with views very different from our own, for collective awakening to happen.
There is another kind of resistance we should also consider. Just as the body builds up resistance to a virus or a cold, we must build up our inner resistance to despair. Zen monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says, ‘In this kind of resistance there is no corporation, no politician and no policy to oppose or to rebel against. It all comes down to our own free conscious choices, without judging others or imposing our views.’ For example, we can choose to consume less, to support our local economy, to reduce or eliminate meat in our diet, to look after our neighbors and the children in our community, to plant trees and care for our watershed and our soil, to be models of peace.
The new year ahead will require both kinds of resistance if it is to be truly ‘new’.

About the Author: Rhonda Fabian is the editor of Kosmos Journal.
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How do you relate to the notion that we depend even on those whose views are very different from ours in order for collective awakening to happen? Can you share a personal story of a time you were able to transform a feeling of anger at injustice into a compassionate nonviolent resistance rooted in satyagraha? What helps you focus on your conscious choices instead of judging others?
Jagdish P Dave wrote:
 The Buddha's teaching on light and darkness is simple: they depend on each other for their existance. For collective awakening against injustices that affect us all, we need to learn how to tra...
david doane wrote:
 What we call opposites like light and darkness, are different expressions of one whole.  I think the Buddha's teaching is not that light and darkness depend on each other for their existen...
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