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Re: Concern for Wider Indirect Effects of Actions

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  • sharon werner
    Antony, well said.
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 31, 2011
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      Antony, well said.

      --- In Buddhaviharas@yahoogroups.com, "antony272b2" <antony272b@...> wrote:
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      > Yesterday I had an episode of severe righteous indignation, showing off my power to withdraw and reject co-operation from people as a martyr who would prefer to suffer on my own than have to negotiate assistance from people whose values I found fault with.
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      > I later realized that I had been assuming that the negativity was under my control: I wouldn't want any unfair lack of love and goodwill on my part to set off a chain reaction in the wider world resulting in many helpless, innocent beings suffering misery due to false accusations and broken trust.
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      > So compassion for me means viewing people and beings as part of a larger world vulnerable to chaotic suffering where my callousness indirectly causes suffering in ways that would horrify, distress and even traumatize me if I found out about it. This is true with consuming meat unmindfully for example.
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      > This insight helps me to want to reach out to apologize for my insensitivity and practice deep listening, in line with my now larger view of the reality of suffering. I also want to focus on co-operative actions on a case-by-case basis, rather than focusing on enemy images, grudges and suspicion of hidden motives.
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      > As for compassion for myself, I need to reach out to others, trusting their gestures of love and goodwill, and celebrating how fortunate I really am.
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      > With metta / Antony.
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      > This post is recorded in mp3 audio in our files section:
      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Buddhaviharas/files/Posts_Read_Aloud/
      >
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