The Other: Bringing Understanding and Love to All Beings

The Other: Bringing Understanding and Love to All Beings

When we see other beings suffer, it’s difficult to remain unmoved. We feel the sting of injustice; we feel the rush of anger; we feel the flood of compassion; we want to know how to harmonize all these feelings and know what to do when times are tough. What does it mean to encounter The Other – the person whose views are so different from ours that we fear and feel anger toward them?  How do we turn hate into love – and is that even possible? This talk will share ideas from Buddhist teachings and suggest ways to encounter – and feel love for – The Other that is within us.

Lama Kathy Wesley

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has studied Tibetan Buddhism since 1977. She has been active in the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling since its inception in 1977, and has served the center in a variety of roles, including meditation instructor, newsletter editor and secretary. From 1986 until 1991, she was the center’s administrative director. Lama Kathy now serves the Columbus KTC as its resident teacher.

From June 1993 until May 1996, Kathy participated in a three-year retreat led by the Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at the Karmé Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, N.Y. You can learn more about her at lamakathy.net