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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Wired to Shove Away Contempt

As healthy mammals

each born with a mid-brain

replete with an anterior gyrate

and its constellation of mirror neurons

we are wired

to shove away

the contempt that others

might feel for us

and to reach for

their respect of us.

The Buddha taught

this aversion for contempt

and this craving for respect

were neither indictments

nor validations

of our inherent spirituality.

To the contrary,

he taught the only barometers

of our spiritual maturity

was NOT what we felt

BUT rather

what we do

with what we feel;

namely notice our experience:

vulnerably and non-conceptually;

and harness our aversion and craving

to fuel our cultivation

of compassion, and love,

and the wisdom of letting-go.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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