VERSE FOUR

A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

As for sentient beings who are bad-natured,When I see they are oppressed by negativity and pain,May I cherish them just like I am encounteringA precious treasure that is difficult to find!

Beings of negative dispositions, with sufferings, may I cherish them as if I have found a precious treasure. What!? People who make me suffer, people who are with afflictive emotions, who are ugly and negative and mean—to hold them dear and precious? What!? Where is that crazy monk going now? Now he is going to brainwash me into loving my enemies!

No, I am not going to brainwash you. I am going to give you the reasoning behind it. That statement shocked everyone, no? And some of us have a lot of enemies, so we need this. We need ...

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