When disagreeable thoughts of others arise,
convert them to those that are amiable.
For our own sake, as well as that of others, we need to replace our offensive mental chatter about others with “Amituofo.” While returning to the Buddha-name, we can seize the opportunity to quickly transform our offensive thoughts into caring ones. The last impressions of the person thus embedded in our store consciousness will be favorable. Accomplishing this, when we next see the individual, the first feelings to bubble up to the surface of our consciousness will hopefully come from those congenial impressions rather than the earlier derogatory ones. Failing to accomplish this, when we next meet, regardless of how the other person acts toward us, our indignation will surge upward and we will resume thinking of—and acting on—those harsh untransformed thoughts. The person may well smile at us, but we will bristle at them. And have spawned yet another enmity.