When a friend of mine is going through a rough time, I often have the tendency to tell them about things I heard during talks and read from books. My question is whether it is wise to do so? Since I haven’t realized most of these things myself I wonder whether I have the wisdom to determine whether it is wholesome to tell these specific things. I do always try to mention that Buddhism is all about being a light upon yourself and I try to always say ‘I think Buddhism says …’ instead of ‘Buddhism says …’ when I am not sure if I remember correctly.
Then, another question that arises is ‘If indeed it’s not wise to tell these things, then how should I try to console my friends.’
Always a pleasure to be able to make use of Dhammawheel!
Caodemarte wrote:Perhaps you should ask your friend to frankly tell you if it is helpful or not.
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