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"If you want to test your enlightenment," wrote one Facebook fan on the Tricycle page recently, "stay with your family for a week."
Our close, intimate relationships can be a treasure. But they can also be a challenge, especially over the holidays, when we're likely to be spending more time with our family and loved ones than normal. Old resentments and issues quickly arise when we're around those who have known us longest, and it is all too easy to jump to anger or bitterness despite years of practice. This week only, Zen teacher Ezra Bayda will be answering any questions you have about managing difficult relationships this holiday season. So if you practice lovingkindness daily—but still find yourself freaking out at your parents whenever Christmastime rolls around—this one is for you.
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Ezra Bayda has been practicing meditation since 1970 and teaching since 1995. He received Dharma Transmission in 1998. He now lives, writes and teaches at Zen Center San Diego.