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To effectively practice...


To effectively practice

the Buddha’s contemplations

of compassion, love,

and letting go

it is very helpful

to use what I like to call

an economy of syllables.

So instead

of thinking in terms

of eschewing others contempt of us

and cultivating their respect

we pretend these words

are wool garments

that we have washed in hot water,

dried on high

and shrunk down

to the mono-syllabic synonyms

of scorn and praise.

For truly

our predecessors

who did not possess the traits

to avoid others scorn

and garner other’s praise

did not live long enough

to pass on their

genetic material.

Therefore may we NOT

be squeamish

over the duality

of hating scorn

and craving praise.

For they are integral

to the further development

of our mindfulness,

and compassion, and love

and the wisdom of letting-go.



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