Dharmagiri, our sister organisation in South Africa, has today issued the following tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Madiba - We Love You
As the news of the passing of Mr Mandela ripples round the world, we are aware here in South Africa that the light for our nation and the heart of the new South Africa, our Tata, has moved on. We are fortunate to have lived through the times of his presence, particularly these last 20 years. His compassionate and wise consciousness helped shepherd an improbable transition by reminding us all the true nature of our common lot as humans; that we are equal in the face of truth, reality, God, Dharma, and certainly in death. He has gone before but has also left a path of transformation that each of us can walk.
Today we honour Mr Mandela, and thank him for taking that “Long Walk to Freedom” that shone a light so brightly. We remember his regal presence, his grace, his humour, his aliveness, his joy, his power, his wise thoughtfulness, and of course, his fearless facing down of those who would oppress or who would default to a lower path of corruption and brutality. He was not perfect, he never pretended to be, but he exemplified a humane way of being in the midst of insanity, despair and impossibility. He showed us what can be done if we find the courage which he imparted to us all as his gift.
May the spirit of Madiba continue!
Thanissara, Kittisaro & all at Dharmagiri