Posted by Michael Pollard (18.104.22.168) on August 13, 2000 at 15:06:38:
In Reply to: Meditation Instruction posted by Henry P. on August 11, 2000 at 03:13:38:
Are we talking ferious "Go home you dam buddhist" (WACK SMACK BANG) with a baseball bat? How about "We can't serve your kind here" in a resteraunt. Perhaps people simple tell you off? I don't know, but any attack one throughs at you, reflect on its servarity, it's intensity, on the attacks state of mind and why they feel this way. Ask your self "Is this all that bad, will it make me unable to practice?" In time you may almost feel bad for them, in which case you may want to reflect on how their ignorance and hatred (somethimes) is affecting their minds, karma, and future and how you'd like to help if you could. While this isn't a meditation practice persa it is a way to get over the attacks and this is what I've used at times. Be warned, if you delve deeply and still see nothing but badness for your self, crap! Remeber, this is advice from one lay practitioner to another. But remeber problemsare the very corner stone of practice, just try to see such attack is shallow and reflects only the worsened state of
that attacker, try to appreciate his attack as a way to cultivate patience, understanding, love and compasion. That's all I can say, bye with much Metta.
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