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from a personal poetical exploration of
thich nhat hanh's 14 precepts

tenth precept: standing up to injustice

Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strice to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

I arrive at my dorm past the witching hour
I am locked out
sometimes a window entrance
or often I have my key
it is not a big deal

but subtly unwelcoming

or not so
when I am to visit a friend
late night
I find myself locked out,
in the colder months
I am increasingly inspired to stand up to injustice:

without polling the electorate
such a preeminent emphasis on safety
that we are not so easily to visit each other
(many dorms are locked always)

to assume such a need,
enforce such measures
presumes and fosters a climate of mistrust

on a local scale, that is injustice

I turn to thich nhat hanh
who begs me to ask
who does want these doors locked?
as I consider a petition
rally majority rule to my side
might I be slighting the fearful
or stalked
I am confused
sadly derailed from stridency,
until page 39
"the voice of caring and understanding must be distinct from the voice of ambition."
I must not weild this community as my poltical party.

ninth | interbeing | eleventh