He drew a circle that shut me out –
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
The Buddha taught that one should conquer anger with kindness, wickedness with goodness, selfishness with charity, and falsehood with truthfulness.
Came upon this poem in a book by K. Sri Dhammananda ‘How to live without fear and worry’. The following evening I listened to Ajahn Brahm’s latest Audio Dharma Talk ‘Happy Buddhamas’ in which he recited this same poem. http://www.bswa.org/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=4&orderby=dateD
We must increase and widen our circle of compassion until it includes everyone and everything!