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Gudo Nishijima Roshi: On the Balance of Love and Hate

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Uploaded on Feb 23, 2009

Here Gudo Nishijima Roshi talks about the balance of love and hate in Buddhist practice.

Of course, the word "hate" here does not mean the kind of hate that causes murder, genocide and so on. It refers to the workings of the autonomic nervous system. When hate is unbalanced and overwhelms love there are terrible consequences. Yet when love is unbalanced and overwhelms hate the consequences are equally negative.

I've always found his use of the word "love" and "hate" to describe these subtle states very interesting and useful.

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