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Buddhist monk, mistaken as Muslim, attacked in OR

Postby phaseolus on Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:05 am

http://kval.com/news/local/buddhist-monk-apparently-mistaken-as-muslim-attacked-in-hood-river

TROUT LAKE, Wash. — Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk and co-founder of the Trout Lake Abbey retreat, said he was attacked Monday during a visit to Hood River.

...But instead of anger and hatred towards that man, Sampson said he only feels forgiveness and compassion.

"I was thinking, 'That poor man.' Can you imagine living your life in fear and anger? Can you imagine wanting to do something that you had to hurt somebody?" Sampson said.

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Re: Buddhist monk, mistaken as Muslim, attacked in OR

Postby fukasetsu on Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:29 pm

Good stuff, this is a good example that it doesn't matter what happens, but it matters how one deals with what happens.
We can't control what happens, but we can control how we react to happenings.
And use any circumstance (whether named good or bad) to manifest wisdom/compassion.
A good lesson in habit energy (karma)

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Buddhist monk, mistaken as Muslim, attacked in OR

Postby Chrisd on Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:49 pm

:Namaste:

I think in these situations it's standing in your own worth that is difficult without being overtaken by your own sense of victimhood. From that point you can error both in attacking the other and in taking it on yourself as something to do with you and your worth as a consciousness/person.

Much respect to folks who have mastery in that :Namaste: may we all aspire to be more capable and compassionate towards ourselves and others.
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Re: Buddhist monk, mistaken as Muslim, attacked in OR

Postby fukasetsu on Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:30 pm

Crux of it is, that as long as one still sees a self and other, wisdom/compassion cannot manifest or arise, because it's blocked by personal delusions. All that happened there is just two forms (both being void of own being) happen to meet.

At least the Buddhist monk wasn't mistaken as Buddhist :lol2:
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Re: Buddhist monk, mistaken as Muslim, attacked in OR

Postby lobster on Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:32 am

>But instead of anger and hatred towards that man, Sampson said he only feels forgiveness and compassion.

Maybe Sampson will advocate a more ethnically recognizable as Muslim dress code for the sangha? This would enable more acts of compassion? :hide:

In a similar way maybe devout muslims will start to shave their hair rather than cover it, wear prayer beads and beg for a living. :p:
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Re: Buddhist monk, mistaken as Muslim, attacked in OR

Postby TTT on Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:46 am

phaseolus wrote:http://kval.com/news/local/buddhist-monk-apparently-mistaken-as-muslim-attacked-in-hood-river

TROUT LAKE, Wash. — Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk and co-founder of the Trout Lake Abbey retreat, said he was attacked Monday during a visit to Hood River.

...But instead of anger and hatred towards that man, Sampson said he only feels forgiveness and compassion.

"I was thinking, 'That poor man.' Can you imagine living your life in fear and anger? Can you imagine wanting to do something that you had to hurt somebody?" Sampson said.

...


Good post.
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