tiltbillings wrote:Finding compassion for him, a good practice.
Mawkish1983 wrote:I find it helpful in these situations to keep in mind that extending metta to a person who has committed a disgusting crime, such as this, does not equate to condoning the criminal act, nor the person committing it.
Sounds obvious, I know, but it helps me. Samsara IS disgusting, there IS Dukkha. Rape of a 10 year old girl? It's difficult not to wish pain on him.
I am the twelve-year-old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.
... which is precisely why I [or maybe we, but I don't want to speak for anyone else] practice.PeterB wrote:Difficult but not impossibleMawkish1983 wrote:It's difficult not to wish pain on him.
PeterB wrote: A consideration which does not offer any resolution as far as I am concerned. And certainly is not much use to a actual present ten year old girl or her family.
PeterB wrote:No he isnt.
Me too, but I may partly be biased because I'm not a fan of TNH. Just another issue of mine I need to work on and not related to the OT.PeterB wrote:... is an idea that I have some difficulty with.
PeterB wrote:Sorry Mike the idea of some comfortable elderly man implying that he knows what its like to be a 12 year old girl raped and thrown overboard, in stanzas, to make a point, is an idea that I have some difficulty with.
mikenz66 wrote:Thich Nhat Hanh isn't just some comfortable elderly man. He grew up with, lived with, and confronted violence from a Buddhist perspective. Clearly he understands these issues a great deal more than I (a reasonably comfortable, heading for aging, man) do.
metta_noob wrote:How do you deal with this anger?
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