09/09/2011 Comments Off on Relationships
Relationship defined: an emotional or other connection between people.
1. connection: a significant connection or similarity between two or more things, or the state of being related to something else
2. behavior or feelings toward somebody else: the connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with one another, especially as regards the way they behave toward and feel about one another
3. friendship: an emotionally close friendship, especially one involving sexual activity
4. connection by family: the way in which two or more people are related by birth, adoption, or marriage, or the fact of being related by birth, adoption, or marriage.
[from 15th century. < French relater “to report” < Latin relat-, past participle of referre“carry back” < ferre “carry”]
“If, in your course, you don’t meet
your equal, your better,
then continue your course
There’s no fellowship with fools.”
-Dhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. Sexual expression should not happen without love and commitment. In sexual relationships be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.
Thich Nhat Hanh