Verse 6 of Eight Verses for Training the Mind
someone whom I have benefited or in whom I have placed great trust and hope, harms me or treats me in hurtful
ways without reason, May I see that person as my precious teacher.
are kind to people, helping them, giving them our trust and hope, we naturally expect to be treated kindly in
people repay our kindness and trust by harming us or treating us in hurtful ways, we often react with anger,
hurt, or disappointment.
such an experience, we may find it difficult to give them our love and respect. This type of ordinary love is
conditional and impure.
practitioners, we want to embrace a situation such as this with skillful wisdom, compassion, and unconditional
love. Therefore, it is essential that we have a way to transform these difficult experiences into the actual
path to enlightenment.
accomplish this, we learn to see a person who harms us or treats us in hurtful ways, as our precious teacher.
This person becomes our precious teacher because of the priceless dharma lessons we receive.
Through their kindness, we also receive the ripening and purification of our own negative karma, which is the
inevitable result of our having done a similar thing to someone in the past. In this way, we can see how even our
worst enemies can be our greatest benefactors and precious teachers.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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