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Lately I've been digging through the Sravasti Abbey back catalog on Youtube looking for wisdom on my current afflictions, and it turns out the founder posted pretty much exactly what I need, just 8 days ago.

Trusting Wisely -

youtu.be/lqFSp0ZCOK8

This is a bit of a long one at 21 minutes, but wow, it sure lands dead on target when it comes to why we get hurt after extending to others.

I was starting to very slowly converge toward that ideal of "when someone who I have benefited and in whom I have placed great trust hurts me very badly, I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher." I think this will help a great deal.

It's almost like the All set up these relationships I had where people walked away, in order to *finally* drive home these lessons which I have been unable to learn for decades. Because if I didn't get them installed at a marrow level now, after this past few years, it would be a sub-optimal outcome for my long-term survival.

"When someone who I have benefited and in whom I have placed great trust hurts me very badly, I will practice seeing that person as my supreme teacher."

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054–1123)

@muninn About another spiritual transformation program, I shared with a friend an incident where someone publicly tried to pick a fight me 2 weeks ago, but I'd had a breakthrough four days earlier and dealt with it for what it was, and my friend responded with "seldom are we aware when we're teaching."

@cosullivan Yeah, that idea of the unwitting teacher comes up fairly often. It's a good one for a number of reasons, and applies to a wide spectrum of human interactions

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