Are you ready to go further? I would like to share with you another method to transform anger into tolerance, understanding, and eventually compassion. This one comes from the 8th Century Indian Buddhist saint, Shantideva. He counsels if someone hits you over the head with a stick, or maybe in modern times, calls you a bad name, how do you react? Usually we get angry at the person, the wielder of the stick or the one spewing bad words. But Shantideva says, what was it that actually hurt you? It was the stick, or the sound of the words. Then, he says, why do we get angry with the person, for it was the stick, or the sounds that actually hurt us? Many people chuckle at the ridiculousness of his logic. Yet chuckling diverts our anger. There is tremendous wisdom here!
Compassion is an often-used word, but rarely understood. According to the Buddha, compassion is the relief of suffering. So, what is suffering? Buddha used the word ‘dukkha.’ We do not have an English equivalent, so […]
Nov. 24 Sat. – 25 Sun, 2018 Meditation Retreat in Tokyo Compassionate Life Innovation Message from Dr. Barry Kerzin We will hold a 2-day weekend retreat that you all are welcome to join. The essence […]
We are on an Easter egg treasure hunt searching for treasures. The treasures are not painted Easter eggs. Rather they are our destructive negative emotions, often lurking just under the surface. You might think, “these […]