Gratitude toward your enemies

“Now, there are many, many people in the world, but relatively few with whom we interact, and even fewer who cause us problems. So, when you come across such a chance for practicing patience and tolerance, you should treat it with gratitude. It is rare. Just as having unexpectedly found a treasure in your own house, you should be happy and grateful to your enemy for providing that precious opportunity.”

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama (From “The Pocket Dalai Lama,” edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted at, by arrangement with Shambhala Publications)

4 Responses to Gratitude toward your enemies

  1. Tiffersll says:

    Awesome quote by the way, such a good reminder to appreciate our “enemies” or rather, people that just don’t really know us.

  2. Anonymous says:

    or perhaps people that actually probably know you all to well….

  3. yoga chickie says:

    actually, i was thinking that it was about people that we don’t know or understand…and what they can help us to learn about ourselves.

  4. Tiffersll says:

    True true

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