Started a new set of prompts – I love lists of things – this one will prove to be endlessly productive for another couple of years – 227 Rules For Monks. Next of the 13 saṃghādisesa:s 8 Not to groundlessly accuse a bhikkhu of having committed a pārājika.

white flower


it is clear

that I misunderstood

your intentions

read something into your intonation

when you said

‘they don’t deserve to live

the Bible tells me so

my right as a normal male

means I am not bound

by any law that goes against

my authentic self’


I didn’t realize

you were joking

that when I repeated what you said

by taking it out of context

I had made you appear

to be a racist bigot

some of my best friends are racists

I may not approve their life style

but they have every right to be who they are

just as you do

I didn’t judge

your statements

it’s not my intention

to cast them in a negative

I merely reposted them

to make others aware of them

that others

took umbrage

is a consequence beyond my ability

to contain

defend or reverse


I understand

you were iterating

the well founded sound logical

appropriate permitted

tenets of those around you

you have the printed proof

and besides

you really didn’t say that

the dash board cam was faulty

the TV crew was manipulating you

the statement you published

wasn’t written by you


so it is my fault

for repeating it verbatim

it wasn’t meant for the general public

who were watching the national broadcast

only for those already in agreement with you
accept my apology

for misrepresenting your statements

by repeating them


white flower

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