This one goes out to Jamie. Thank you for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully to my blog on the spirit in the house. That was the third bit of information that I needed in revelation. I found this article on the Huffington Post and I get it. I get Tonglen...
For example, when people attack or otherwise harm us, instead of taking actions to relieve our own suffering at their expense, we may opt to practice Tonglen, where we meditate on taking on their suffering and offering them the comforts that we normally covet for ourselves. See His Holiness Dalai Lama for over 50 years of examples. One such story of compassion from Paul Ekman's "Emotional Awareness: a Conversation Between Paul Ekman and the Dalai Lama," is of a Tibetan monk who, after escaping from Chinese prison, was asked about his experience. The monk said that the worst thing for him was that at one point during his torture he feared he might lose compassion for his captors.
Scott K Smith http://TheSacredOther.com
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