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A year or so ago I was introduced to Nicheren (sp?) Buddhism (nam-myoho-renge-kyo) by my friend. It's the only kind I've been exposed to in real life and I so want to develop a practice. But, I find it hard to connect I'm wondering if I'm too "faithless" to embrace any kind of Buddhism and wondering if maybe I should move on to try to find something else that suits me. I don't know. LoL . . . well, I'm just searching I guess. For a long while, I identified as Christian, then RastafarI and while I still identify as Rasta, I still feel like Buddhism would add and not clash. Anyway, thoughts? Happy to lurk and learn.
So today's dharma teaching was about patience... actually the month of August is about patience as an opponent to anger. Anyhow, today we specifically discussed patient acceptance. Accepting the situation for what it is, no expectation (or attachment?) that it should be any different.
I'm having a hard time with this. On the most extreme side, what if someone is in an abusive relationship? On the much smaller side, do you patiently accept situations that distress you eternally, an example being an annoying habit of a family member?
Or am I hearing this all wrong...? Patiently accept a situation (any situation) and simply act from a place of rational thought, instead of reacting from a place of fear/anger?
I'm currently finding myself seriously working on the mind of compassion and patient acceptance in my family, but start feeling like I'm being taken advantage of for not standing up for myself. And then swinging back to "but I'm not the most important person in the universe", and then back to "but neither are they"...
Ugh. You can see I'm just generally having some issues. So how does patient acceptance fit into your life?
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