Sunday, July 27, 2008

You Don't Have to Be Buddhist

Poland’s Senate unanimously passed a resolution honoring Irena Sendler saved nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis by organizing a ring of 20 people to smuggle them out of the Warsaw Ghetto in baskets and ambulances.The resolution also honors the Council for Assisting Jews, of which her ring of mostly Roman Catholic members was a part. If any of these people had been caught they and their whole families would have been killed and yet they risked their lives to help complete strangers.Sendler, now 97 and living in a Warsaw nursing home, was too frail to attend but sent a letter read by Elzbieta Ficowska, one of the children she rescued.It said, in part: ‘Every child saved with my help…is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.’ Who says there is no such things as bodhisattvas nowadays? And who says you have to be Buddhist to be a bodhisattva?

2 comments:

Paulo said...

That's why she has that sweet smile!

yamizi said...

We don't even need to be a buddhist to be enlightened, let alone becoming a bodhisattva =)