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Re: I believe...

Posted by Tabitha on August 10, 2003, at 13:31:22

In reply to I believe... rayww, posted by Miller on August 9, 2003, at 21:11:26

I'd agree with Miller there, about the importance of giving being central to the Bible's teachings. I've also read of a Buddhist practice (tonglen? not sure of the exact name) along the same lines. It's a meditation where you sort of give away what you want (good feelings, happiness), and take in what you don't want (pain and suffering).

Where I get mixed up, is this kind of teaching seems at odds with what psychology says is healthy, which is to take care of your own self before you give to others, and don't give at your own expense. Somehow I think there must be a way to resolve the apparent contradiction, because it seems like the really good spiritual teachers and role models are also very psychologically healthy. I wish I understood more.




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