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martin_luther_king_jr_quotes_buddhist.jpgposted by Ethan Nichtern

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born today (not Monday – we just like having Mondays off for some reason). If he was alive today, he would be 81 years old. That fact alone seems sad. And I know what you are going to say, you are going to say he wasn’t Buddhist. OK. But if you can find any difference between what comes next in this quote of the day and something, say, Thich Nhat Hanh might say, let me know.

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied together into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality . . . Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize the basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. “
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
1967 Christmas Sermon on Peace
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