February 10, 2014

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 2/10/2014

"There is nothing more evil than hate. Long years of good work can go to waste because of a single spasm of hate. You may have spent a long time cultivating a relationship, and one day you become confused and perceive that friend is an enemy to your happiness. You suddenly explode in anger, lose control, and hurt your friend verbally or physically. We hear about this every day in circumstances ranging from domestic violence to all-out war. Enemy: when you look closely, you see that this person is not filled with intrinsic hatefulness. You realize that this man was the helpless pawn of his greed; that this man was trapped in his fear; and hence he acted out toward you. But you should not hate him in return; you should feel compassion for him."

~Robert Thurman

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