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How to be Compassionate, Without Being Taken Advantage Of

Hi everyone,

This topic had been suggested a while ago, and since it seemed to elicit an extremely enthusiastic response, I thought that we could raise the issue for this November meeting. I will send out a bit more information shortly, but Debra had kindly posted a quote by the Dalai Lama that gives us some beginning focus. He said:

"Another question is that if you always remain humble then others may take advantage of you and how should you react? It is quite simple: you should act with wisdom or common sense, without anger or hatred. If the situation is such that you need some sort of action on your part, you can, without anger, take a counter-measure. In fact, such actions which follow true wisdom rather than anger are in reality more effective. A counter-measure taken in the midst of anger may often go wrong. Without anger and without hatred, we can manage more effectively."

The upcoming holidays always can be counted on to stir up a staggering array of emotions, expectations, thoughts, etc., so what better time to use the opportunity to look at our reactions and mental constructs about all this?

I hope you can make it for this no doubt lively and practical session, and hope to see you on the 27th.



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