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Beyond Self-Hatred

Book coverWhen you first come to meditation, a practitioner may not like him or herself very much. You may feel that you even hate yourself or hate your world. But you continue to practice and to relate with your world and yourself simultaneously, both in meditation and in everyday life situations. Doing so completely, some kind of warmth begins to develop. You find that the phenomenal world is workable after all. It may not be loveable yet, but at least it’s workable, manageable. And you realize that maybe you too are workable and manageable.

From “Why We Meditate” in The Shambhala Sun, July 2014 by Chögyam Trungpa, pages 39–40

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