Friday, June 8, 2012

Instead of revenge, a noble response

     "the Buddha advises that if others are harming you with their words or actions, you should spread thoughts of goodwill to them and then out beyond them, to the entire cosmos, making your mind as expansive as the River Ganges or as large as the earth - in other words, larger than the harm those people are doing or threatening to do. When you can maintain this enlarged state of mind in the face of pain, it doesn't seem so overwhelming and you're less likely to respond unskillfully. You provide protection - both for yourself and for others - against any unskillful things you otherwise might be tempted to do." Thanissaro Bhikkhu
     "I want to be ... Loving" Shambhala Sun, July 2012

Photo: Shivaa Shukla

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