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Hatred

On Fear, by Yoda

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This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you, as the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unshakable.
“Look how he abused me and hurt me, how he threw me down and robbed me.” Live with such thoughts and you live in hate. Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.

In this world hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.

~ Buddha ~
The Dhammapada


In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate

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“In this world, hate never dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible.” ~The Buddha

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as One.” ~John Lennon

“It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

“When we see God in each other we will be able to live in peace.” ~Mother Teresa

“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” -Martin Luther King Jr

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” -Archbishop Tutu

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” ~Albert Einstein

“Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace.” -Nelson Mandela

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”
~Mahatma Gandhi

“The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.” ~Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.” ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
~Albert Camus

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.”
– Albert Einstein

“Peace, like war, must be waged.”
– George Clooney

“Hatred ever kills, love never dies. Such is the vast difference between the two… The duty of a human being is to diminish hatred and to promote love.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliché that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”
– John Lennon

“You have heard that it was said, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also… Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” ~Jesus

“Love courses through everything. No, love is everything. How can you say, there is no love, when nothing but love exists? All that you see has appeared because of love. All shines from love, All pulses from love, All flows from love– No, once again, All is love!” ~Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi

“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’ ” ~The Talmud

“See simplicity in the complicated, seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done ss if they were easy.” ~Lao Tsu

“Peace is always beautiful.”
– Walt Whitman

SPIRITUAL WISDOM: Recognizing the Sacred in Our World
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Being a master is much better than being a slave

In ordinary life, we are under the power of disturbing emotions such as self-importance, anger, and desire. We have no control over these emotions, so they torment us and we suffer. We are their slaves, which is unpleasant. The purpose of the Dharma is to reverse that situation and to help us master the disturbing emotions – self-cherishing, pride, desire, anger and hatred – that enslave us. Being a master is much better than being a slave. Do not lose sight of this essential point: The aim of the Dharma is to get rid of disturbing emotions, and this is the only way to attain true happiness.

~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche


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Eternal Law

Source: Eternal Law | Great Middle Way

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15665943_272346869846574_6465369063098680817_n“He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me.”

Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred.

Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world.

By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.

 

There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die.

But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga


A Zen master says this is the most effective way to respond to haters

Source: A Zen master says this is the most effective way to respond to haters – Ideapod blog

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May 18, 2017

If you’ve spent any time on the Internet, you’ve probably encountered a hater or two. Trolls are everywhere it seems.

But what’s the best way to respond them?

Seung Sahn Soen-sa, a Korean-born Zen Master, encountered a some harsh language directed towards him in 1975.

Seung Sahn Soen-sa’s book “Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn Soen-sa” contained many illuminating and sympathetic letters. The letters were his remarkable response to – what in modern times can be called – hate mail.

It’s a known fact that the act of hate reflect the actions of the hater and not their victim. This cynical urge to force our inner pain to take a form of aggression attracts absurd targets. And one of them was Seung Sahn Soen-sa.

 Here is the first letter from the student in regards to not understanding the “don’t know mind”:

“Please answer me soon, but you probably won’t, huh? Anyway, I’d like to tell you to go fuck yourself.

Respectfully, and hope to see you soon,

See Hoy

Soen-sa’s response:

“You say that you are confused. If you keep a complete don’t-know mind, how can confusion appear? Complete don’t-know mind means cutting off all thinking. Cutting off all thinking means true emptiness. In true emptiness, there is no I to be confused and nothing to be confused about.

A kong-an is like a finger pointing at the moon. If you are attached to the finger, you don’t understand the direction, so you cannot see the moon. If you are not attached to any kong-an, then you will understand the direction. The direction is the complete don’t-know mind.

You must keep only don’t-know, always and everywhere. Then you will soon get enlightenment. But be very careful not to want enlightenment. Only keep don’t-know mind. Your situation, your condition, your opinions — throw them all away.

At the end of your letter you say, “Go fuck yourself.” These are wonderful words that you have given me, and I thank you very much. If you attain enlightenment, I will give them back to you.

Sincerely yours,

Soen-sa

So, what’s the lesson from this?

Don’t feed the haters by responding back with more anger. Instead, respond with guidance, empathy and warm wit. According to Thich Nhat Hanh:

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”

This is similar to the advice offered from a Zen master on dealing with toxic people:

“The deeper your present moment peace gets, the easier it’ll be to react non- passionately when confronted with hostility. As this gets better, you can begin to realize more deeply just how much someone has to be suffering internally in order to have such harsh reactions. With enough insight, you can develop your empathy and compassion based off this knowledge and these also help you remain even more peaceful in the present moment.

Eventually, with enough compassion and insight on your side, you can begin to extinguish the fires of hostility by extinguishing anger with patience and understanding… It’s hard to continue treating someone harshly when they continue treating you well. In helping them relieve these feelings, you not only help them but you also help yourself, since you no longer have to deal with them as they were.”