Sometimes when we practice compassion, others may take advantage of us. They may even bully or abuse us. In general, compassion means helping others reduce and eliminate their suffering. Practically, if we allow the bully or abuser to keep harming us, not only are we harmed, but so is the bully. He or she is creating great negative karma to suffer big time in the future. Without anger, but with compassion in your heart, try to stop him or her. Enlist the help of others, as it may be difficult to go it alone. Gain the courage, thinking about protecting yourself, and also about protecting the perpetrator. This is genuine compassion that includes the enemy. It doesn’t mean he or she gets off scot free. They need to be held accountable for their actions. This is long-term wide perspective compassion, seen from all angles. It includes forgiveness.
Jul. 13 Sat. – 16 Tue.2019 Meditation Retreat in Nagano “Healing Mother Earth” Message from Barry Kerzin Mother earth is crying out for help. Our children’s wellbeing, and even survival, are at stake. What contemplative […]
Compassion is often misunderstood. We don’t have a good English word for ‘nyingje’ in Tibetan, or ‘karuṇā’ in Sanskrit. In addition to ‘wishing and acting to relieve suffering,’ compassion is nourished by wisdom. It is […]
The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage: Marriage with our Subtle Mind (with Dr. Barry Kerzin in November 2022)
Nov. 19th-23rd Dr. Barry Kerzin will visit Japan in November 2022! Human Values Institute will have a “Retreat” in Shikoku at this time. “The Shikoku – Inner Pilgrimage: Marriage with our Subtle Mind.” Our last […]