It is important that we realize the fundamental equality of all beings. First of all, everyone possesses a mind. This is equality. Every person’s mind can generate thoughts, and on that level there is equality. When your mind generates a negative thought, you create and manifest a negative result. When your mind generates a wholesome thought, you create and manifest a wholesome result. This is equality. This principle applies to all sentient beings. The type of job you have and your role in this life are direct reflections of your past actions. Your physical body and appearance are also direct reflections of your past actions. This is your reality. It is not a matter or right or wrong. This is beyond opinion. Everyone manifests his or her own reality according to the same principle. Because this principle applies to everyone, there is equality whether one is rich or poor. The difference between the two is your own doing. If you do not see the fundamental equality in all existence, you will always be influenced by surface appearances.
By Zen Master Miao Tsan