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Offline Dharmakara

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The Compassion Excercise
« on: October 07, 2015, 11:03:35 am »
Instructions:

This exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches, etc.). It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, from some distance. Try to do all five steps on the same person.

Step 1 -- With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: "Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life."

Step 2 -- With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: "Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life."

Step 3 -- With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: "Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness, and despair."

Step 4 -- With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: "Just like me, this person is seeking to fulfill his/her needs."

Step 5 -- With attention on the person, repeat to yourself: "Just like me, this person is learning about life."

Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Re: The Compassion Excercise
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2015, 12:58:46 pm »
Thanks, DK.

Could we make these available on bumper stickers, too, so that I could read them while stuck in rush hour traffic?   

This is where I could use some compassion practice, according to my wife. :gawrsh:
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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