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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Others' Opinions of Us - 11nov21

How are we to disregard

others’ opinions of us?

Are we to repress our emotions

and lie to ourselves about what we feel?

Shall we recite pithy affirmations

and assume haughty body language?

For this is the counsel

of contemporary psychology.

However, the Buddha cautioned us

(and biology agrees)

that we evolved to deeply value

the good opinions of our fellows.

Easier it is to remove the wetness from water

or the heat from a flame

than to rewire our brain’s

fundamental core.

After all the Buddha’s path

is not one of transformation

but rather reconciliation.

The Buddha’s way

is to use meditation to confront

the pain of others’ ill opinion of us

as well as the frustration

of not being able to do

anything meaningful about it.

Upon the Buddha’s path

we confront the painful (without and within)

and make peace with it.

Not with platitudes

but with mindfulness and release.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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