Hurt Feelings Report

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.

OK, I know this isn't "nice."
Sometimes the truth is just like that.
When your feelings are hurt, look inside before projecting your own pain on everyone else, please.


Uku said...

Hey, Dharmabro, important and great post, thank you! Yes, sometimes it would be very important to stop and ask from our selves "Who is The I who is hurting and getting pissed off?"

Kitewood said...

This "form" was originally posted at Slate.com in an article about how the US military is doing nothing about the sudden rise in suicides. It was found at Fort Carson Colorado next to a sign up sheet for soldiers who were looking for help with undiagnosed PTSD. Its intent was to ridicule those who couldn't "man up."

SlowZen said...

Uku, Thanks as always for your comments!

kitewood, Not to downplay the issue of undiagnosed cases of PTSD in the military, which is a big deal, the military as been telling people to man up a long time before slate was around. And often rightly so. And images like the one posted here have been floating around since I was working on a green screen computer.

Barry said...

Yep. Over and over again - yep.

SlowZen said...


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