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Du drukner ikke i andres smerte, når bare…

Denne omtale af at forholde sig til andres smerte, har jeg fundet et citat af Thich Nhat Hanh, in “Teachings on Love”:
‘When I was a novice, I could not understand why, if the world is filled with suffering, the Buddha has such a beautiful smile. Why isn’t he disturbed by all the suffering? Later I discovered that the Buddha has enough understanding, calm, and strength; that is why the suffering does not overwhelm him. He is able to smile to suffering because he knows to take care of it and to help transform it. We need to be aware of the suffering, but retain our clarity, calmness, and strength so we can help transform the situation. The ocean of tears cannot drown us if karuna [compassion] is there. That is why the Buddha’s smile is possible.’

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Kan du også blive drænet af andres smerte?

Så er venlighed og medfølelse svaret – du skal blot huske at inkludere dig selv i cirklen af dem du støtter. Ikke kun de andre. For det er den direkte vej til at blive drænet.