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My friend meditates daily (non-Buddhist). He finds that from time to time a very annoying person tries to seemingly drag power and energy from him like a magnet.

Can any one explain how he can escape from this seemingly difficult situation? How can I advise him to emotionally cut free from this individual in his life?

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The problem described here is all within the mind of your friend. The Sigalovada Sutta explains, in our lives, we will encounter 'true friends' & 'false friends'. The Sigalovada Sutta describes in detail the characteristics of 'true friends' & 'false friends'.

The method of escape is two-fold:

  1. Discern clearly with wisdom the other person is a 'false-friend'.

  2. Ensure this clear discernment is free from hatred & established in equanimity & concern (compassion).

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I had a situation like that. I tried to turn it into a practice to strengthen my patience and compassion(for both of us).

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