Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion

by Radhule Weininger, M.D., Ph.D.

On a September day in 1980 during the monsoon season, I walked by myself in the pouring rain down a road in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Accompanied by my boyfriend, Hans, I had come as a young German student to recover from two serious car accidents, eight weeks in the hospital, and the traumas of traditional Western medical training. As I walked down the noisy road lined with vendors offering their colorful goods, I breathed in the steamy dampness. A street sign that read International Buddhist Center Road caught my eye. Spurred only by intuition, I entered a narrow alleyway leading to a large stone building. Having no idea what to expect, I rang a heavy doorbell. A slender young monk in yellow robes opened the door.

"What do you want?" he asked in pigeon English.

Bewildered, I answered, "I don't know."

"Very good," he said with a smile and an inviting gesture. "Follow me."


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From Heartwork by Radhule Weininger © 2017 by Radhule Weininger. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc. Boulder, CO. www.shambhala.com.

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