A simple act of kindness

Recently I was the victim of an unkind act. One of the employees here at the prison lied about me and had me removed from my job assignment. At first I was angry and upset. Each time I would see or think about this person, who was my past supervisor, I would become upset and think about him in very negative and hateful terms.

A young boy showing his angry face.

Suddenly I began to look at the anger and hate that filled my mind. I did not like the fact that I was angry and hostile. (Photo by Andy Ciordia)

Suddenly I began to look at the anger and hate that filled my mind. I did not like the fact that I was angry and hostile. Each day I began to do a loving-kindness meditation prayer and each day I recited sincere prayers for the supervisor that had wronged me.

As I began to pray for my former supervisor and his family, I began to feel much better. Before long I began to feel much better and no longer felt anger or hatred towards him.

This is one of many examples that I can tell from my life as proof that the Buddha’s teachings are truthful and correct. Any of us who have the strength to practice the Buddha’s teachings will be successful.

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