Saturday, April 26, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: An Enlightened Version of Friendship

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

April 26, 2008 


Nyen in Tibetan literally means "friend." Nyen begins with the great shoulders of the mountains, and includes forests, jungles, and plains. The dignified shoulders of the mountain are nyen. In the Japanese samurai tradition, the large starched shoulders on the warriors' uniforms represent nyen principle. And in the Western miliary tradition, epaulets that accentuate the shoulders play the same role. In the body, nyen includes not only your shoulders but your torso, your chest, and rib cage. Psychologically, it is solidity, feeling solidly grounded in goodness, grounded in the earth. So nyen is connected with bravery and the gallantry of human beings. In that sense, it is an enlightened version of friendship: being courageous and helpful to others.

From "Natural Hierarchy," in SHAMBHALA: THE SACRED PATH OF THE WARRIOR, page 109.

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