Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Awareness of Suffering

Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. Find ways to be with those who are suffering, including personal contact, visits, images, and sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.

--The Fourth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh

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