Posted by: Upāsaka | 04/14/2019

Five Ways

(2) The Buddha Teaches Five Ways

  “Monks, there are these five ways of removing resentment by which a monk should entirely remove resent-ment when it has arisen toward anyone. What five? (1) One should develop loving-kindness for the person one resents; in this way one should remove the resentment toward that person. (2) One should develop compassion for the person one resents; in this way one should re-move the resentment toward that person. (3) One should develop equanimity toward the person one resents; in this way one should remove the resentment toward that person. (4) One should disr[…]

Excerpt from: “The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon” by Bodhi.

I have been fighting with the kilesas all weekend and especially they of hatred. My wisdom faculty seems to be on the ebb and quite possibly on vacation but my live-in teacher is still here giving me unrelenting lessons. It helps to recall that it is my own kamma that brought me here and it is my responsibility not to create more akusala kamma but it is wearying at times. I shudder to think where this human works is going on the next hundred years and it’s a shame that my wife and I couldn’t have practiced the Dhamma together and made our lives a field of merit but it is what it is and there’s nothing to be done for it.


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