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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 10:58 PM

There's many kinds of violence. An eye for an eye.

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Reply There's many kinds of violence. An eye for an eye. (Original post)
Tab Dec 2012 OP
riverwalker Dec 2012 #1
freshwest Dec 2012 #2
Voice for Peace Dec 2012 #3
loudsue Dec 2012 #5
baldguy Dec 2012 #4

Response to Tab (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 11:51 PM

1. was told once

long ago, and I don't recall the proper terms, about a Tibetan Buddhist practice, of opening your heart and absorbing all the pain of others, to take it on, to absorb it, in your heart. The pain then transforms.
That this is the real meaning of the "jewel in the lotus". It must take great courage to attempt this. We are so afraid to even look at suffering.

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 01:47 AM

2. I've been doing that all my life. Only transformation I feel is a sense of infinity and love of life

Not sure if that was supposed to happen. I've never heard of what you're saying, since it wasn't always a conscious act, but sometimes it was. Sometimes that is what needs to be done.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 03:44 AM

3. I've often thought we're like those trees, the ones where it appears to be a forest of

many trees, but in fact it's a single root system, ie one
organism, below ground.

I've thought about this a lot.
When my own heart is breaking and tears are flowing --
from an event that hasn't actually affected me directly,
personally -- I've hoped it helps the ones who are
bearing the worst of it. And that's why we are naturally
attracted to feel in this way, we are wired to be
part of this.

Maybe it can relieve a measure of their sorrow, if we
let ourselves feel it. With them, for them. Just feel.

Let that vast sorrow travel through our root system,
into my heart and yours. And let the breath and the
tears cleanse, bring back equilibrium to the whole.


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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 12:52 AM

5. What a beautiful thought. I've never heard it expressed that way

but I feel what you're saying.

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Response to Tab (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 10:30 AM

4. "An eye for an eye & a tooth for a tooth" will leave the world blind & toothless.

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