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Doubt

Postby chethinie » Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:38 pm

Hello :smile:

I know of someone who is always negative minded when it comes to trusting people. Very reluctant to trust people in the first instance...

I would like to know if there is a reference to Buddha's teaching for people like this or about doubting people unnecessarily.

Would appreciate your feedback as always..

May you be happy and safe from danger always,
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Re: Doubt

Postby cooran » Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:27 pm

This article by Thanissaro Bhikkhu may be of interest:

The Power of Judgment
Judgmental is bad - Judicious is Good
http://www.tricycle.com/dharma-talk/power-judgment

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Re: Doubt

Postby culaavuso » Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:23 pm

chethinie wrote:Very reluctant to trust people in the first instance...
I would like to know if there is a reference to Buddha's teaching for people like this or about doubting people unnecessarily.


AN 4.192
AN 4.192: Thana Sutta wrote:"'It's through dealing with a person that his purity may be known, and then only after a long period, not a short period; by one who is attentive, not by one who is inattentive; by one who is discerning, not by one who is not discerning': Thus was it said. And in reference to what was it said?

"There is the case where one individual, through dealing with another, knows this: 'This person deals one way when one-on-one, another way when with two, another way when with three, another way when with many. His earlier dealings do not jibe with his later dealings. He is impure in his dealings, not pure.' And then there is the case where one individual, through dealing with another, knows this: 'The way this person deals when one-on-one, is the same way he deals when with two, when with three, when with many. His earlier dealings jibe with his later dealings. He is pure in his dealings, not impure.'


Judicious vs. Judgemental by Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:A judicious choice is one you've made after understanding all the options, all the sides of a question. That way your choice is based on knowledge, not on greed, aversion, or delusion.
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