From the Field
The parable of the prodigal son is well-known and well-documented in art and literature, appearing everywhere from paintings by Rembrandt to a ballet by Balanchine to a song by the Rolling Stones. It tells of a wayward son who demands his early inheritance and abandons his family, spending (and losing) the money on wild living, and hitting bottom before he comes to his senses and returns home, intending to seek forgiveness with his new-found humility. The father welcomes him with open arms and orders a huge celebration, which makes the older son jealous. The father comforts the older son by reminding him that he has never been separate from what the younger son has missed – the love and care of his father – and is a cause for rejoicing.
Upon reading the public confession of Michelle Grissom, I was reminded of this story. Her words and her return to supporting KPC and Jetusunma indicate her humility and remorse for her earlier actions. Jetsunma’s response, like the father’s, is one of ultimate kindness and compassion. Buddhism teaches that every non-virtuous act can be purified, and Jetsunma is living proof of this truth. Meanwhile, “Tenpa” is jealous that the root of his unfounded attack on KPC has now been shown to be false, and that he has built a house of cards with his hatred that is rapidly dismantling around him. One would think it would be wise for him to learn from this universal theme of redemption.