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The following is an excerpt from this issue:

Student: Can you say anything to help us sit with the strong emotions we feel? How can our practice help us?

Ekai: Our practice helps us to sit with our feelings, not to reject them. To achieve this we do not just maintain stillness – we need to sit in the stillness with our feelings. This kind of practice really develops strength. It develops the ability to suffer. It develops compassion. Compassion is like this: the ability to suffer is the same thing as sharing the suffering of others.

We often think different things in order not to suffer, but it does not work like that… (Continued on page 1)