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.
How do we practice compassion? The six perfections (Sanskrit paramitas) are instructions for practicing compassion. Generosity has various methods, like giving money, shelter and food, giving time, giving kindness, listening non-judgmentally, giving love, and giving […]
Nov. 25, 2018 Shantideva “A Guide to The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” Shantideva “A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life” is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts regarding compassion. Dr. Barry Kerzin […]