I belong to a small buddhist temple here in lala land. The Lama is a kind and amazing person who recieved his training and transmissions directily from a smiling, wizened little man who survived the chinese in Tibet and walked with his family to India in the 60's. Today I found out that I am being accused of slander of one of the major supporters of the temple. I feel like the little wizened man walking because his world has been turned upside down by forces beyond his control. The Lama called me today at work and told me this. Supposedly, brothers and sisters in dharma are saying things that I supposedly have said, that are not nice, about the supporter of the temple. The thing of it is, I have been trying to help these people with their own perceptions of this person. This person works hard and is admired in their workspace. I admire this person for their perserverance and their belief in themselves and in the Dharma, the Buddha and the Sangha. Bad things have happend in their family life lately to this person. I have tried, over and over, to explain to those who seemingly have a personality conflict with this person, that it is their own perception of how they think they've been treated that makes them hurt when dealing with this person. This is what the dharma teaches about right thinking and right awareness. This is very basic Dharma: the Four Noble Truths and Eight-Fold Path stuff. If you have a preconceived notion of what you expect, then your expectations will hurt you becuase they have not been met.You are grasping for something that is not there and will never be there. This is what I see of the people that I thought where my brothers and sisters in dharma. Obviously, I have not gotten through.
I can only pray that the person who was slandered will accept my sincere apology for this brouhaha and believe me when I say that I have never, ever, that I can recall, said anything less than supportive or admiration based about them.