37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 18

Ken McLeod

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Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with the 18th verse. Watch the other videos here.

When you are down and out, held in contempt,
Desperately ill, and emotionally crazed,
Don’t lose heart. Take into you
The suffering and negativity of all beings—this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

How have you coped when you were down and out?

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fishman.ellen's picture

Painful as it was, I sat with my mother for a month , 24 -7, as she went through Hospice. There were a couple of women that were there for almost the same time frame. We would meet in the dining area, we could not eat in the patients rooms- some smells are nauseating to the patients- and you need relief from the patient. Those times we shared and hugged and when the first Mom died, we were happy that her pain was over.
Each day a new "group" would bring us dinner, sometimes it was homemade ham and cheese sandwiches. Some groups came as far away as 20 miles and they did it monthly. It made an impact, that others would take time to "care" for us.

The last one left after me and I met her later at a memorial. We came to honor the people who had died but also the staff. Hugs all around there, for they suffer as they watch people in pain, patients and relatives.

During that time, I practiced taking and sending as a way to cope for I was emotionally crazed. As I continued to fall again and again into that craziness, it has been a year, I opened to the possibility of being human. Being frail and vulnerable and not in control has a long history with me and has been the monster under the bed as Ken would say. Taking and sending removes the "self", no?
And as the self dissolves, so in proportion does compassion move in.