"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." I don't know about you, but this quotation simply doesn't sound like what we typical hear from Buddhism, and especially from variants like Zen. And yet, here we are, face to face with a teaching, "love yourself," that is both powerful AND surprisingly consistent with what The Buddha surely knew to be true.
What could The Buddha have meant when we said "you" and "yourself"? Whom or what was he addressing? These are very important questions, because to someone who absolutely knew the true nature of what we are, it would be difficult to assume he meant "love yourself" in some new age, cliché way. He would have had a deeper meaning, one more rich and full and flavored with reality.You yourself... deserve your love. – The Buddha Click To Tweet
So, instead of presenting what I see as the meaning of this phrase, why don't you chime in with your comments? I would love to read what you have to say. Maybe we all will discover something new and fresh!
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