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Transforming Negative Circumstances

Sometimes you are in an environment where everybody is negative, everything is wrong. Don’t lose yourself. Tibetan Buddhism tells us when we get that we can do two things. One is to recognize that this is the result of my negative karma that I created earlier. Two is to think that by my experiencing this may no one else have to experience it. May my experience substitute for anybody else having to take on such a situation. When you do that, it might not be changing the situation immediately but it is very beneficial because it purifies the negativity that we have, which makes us experience that. That is also one of the positive virtues we can really have. Whatever you do, under any circumstances, don’t get angry with that person or situation or the environment because anger has severe consequences. Handle the situation immediately like that and then thereafter you will see what you can do.