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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Hate, Ideology, and Peace

“My name is Olive, and I was raised to be a Libertarian, just like my daddy. I love the hustle, I love the grind, and I hate those who don’t. While, I’m at it I hate the government, its politicians, and the police (their minions).

But I feel frustrated; all my rage has been powerless to create meaningful change, and this animosity seems to flow at a price, disfiguring my heart and robbing me of peace, like the force lightning that disfigured Chancellor Palpatine, robbing him of his beauty.

I am weary of anger and no longer wish to feel it. But without it how could I liberate my countrymen from the establishment and its tyranny?”

Having said my piece, I watched as the lama looked thoughtful, as if vulnerably weighing my words upon the scales of his heart.

“We choose our emotions at our peril,” he explained, better to use the Buddha’s contemplations as a tool to safely channel their energy and his meditations to make peace with whatever emotions or circumstances befall us.

It is mind that emotes, and it is mind that wills:

FIRST - bring mind into the path of compassion, wishing that ALL be freed from ignorance.

SECOND – contemplate the interdependence of mind, remembering that NONE of us are the author of our beliefs.

THIRD contemplate the impermanence of mind: its emotions and wishes.

FOURTH use the ‘NOT-self’ techniques to better let go of agenda and turmoil.

And FIFTH - rest your mind in the loving wish that all may be wise.”

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