Verse 4 of Eight Verses for Training the Mind
Whenever I meet people of
unpleasant character or those overwhelmed by negativity, pain or suffering, may I cherish and care for them as
if I had found a rare and precious treasure difficult to find.
encounter unpleasant people, or those overwhelmed by negativity, pain, or suffering, we often prefer to ignore
or avoid them rather than cherish and care for them.
consider ourselves to be more important or more evolved than such beings, and we usually turn from them, as we
do not want to be bothered, hurt, or contaminated by their condition.
verse suggests reversing our usual self-cherishing attitude by learning to cherish and care for such people,
being joyful and grateful as if we had found a rare and precious treasure.
To overcome the delusion and egoism of our self-cherishing, we view this encounter as an opportunity to serve and
bring happiness to others, rather than a nuisance to be avoided. In this way, our self-cherishing mind diminishes
and our compassion deepens so as to embrace all living beings without exception.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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