5 Quotes In Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.

In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., I collected a small batch of his quotes– full of wisdom, hope and most importantly love for all man. His work and words will live on forever, because they made sense. Plain and simple, his message talks of the simplest things, respect and love in a world full of hate, violence and ignorance.

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”


  1. A Buddhist Perspective on Black America

    As African American Buddhists gear up for what promises to be another pounding of “Black America as Christian Nation,” I again ponder a historical issue I raised my book Black Buddha.

    Both slaveholders and abolitionists argued their positions based on the bible. Whether a slave remained in bondage or was “freed” their only faith choice was Christianity. The dominant religion in the black community has no origin other than this.

    From then until today a black person who choses any faith practice or lifestyle not sanctioned by the black Church is considered to have “strayed” not only from the church but the interests and survivability of the black community itself.

    To be black and Buddhist is to be seen by some as one who shows contempt for the African American covenant with Christianity, the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement. In black America every Sunday from 10am to 2pm being Buddhist and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, or polyamorous is to be considered misguided at the very least and in extreme cases a navel-watching race traitor.

    There are some exceptions such as when spending money in black businesses or being courted for the vote. But where does the child of a black Buddhist family fit into the Christian solution for Black America? How does the Buddhist parent explain the chant, “One nation under God,” to their child in a so called secular non-denominational school?

    How can the potential of a black Christian president provide so much hope for America yet a duly elected black Buddhist Congressman remain relatively unnoticed?

    Can CNN handle the responsibility of inclusion and objectivity around issues important to the black Buddhist community?

    I’ll be blogging daily on each installment of this series (July 23 & 24):


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