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Thich Naht Hahn, who I find a bit flowery for my tastes, does a good explanation of emptiness here:
- service providers not users
Nicked; that'll be useful in 12 Step circles.
My take on Buddhism is that the 4th NT breaks down into three categories:
I really don't have to understand the 16 aspects of the 4 NT, or the eight forms of suffering, etc, or the Two Truths from the point of view of four different Buddhist schools. Etc.
I've no advice, but I always think people who come out as transgender are brave. I spent a long time in the British army and in the early 1990s we had a male Warrant Officer who came out as transgender. Fair play to the British army, where homosexuality was illegal just a few years prior, they were great about it and the Warrant Officer ended up heading the army's Diversity Team, where they travelled around different army units, speaking about diversity issues (sexual and racial discrimination).
There's official policy around this area now.
Anyway, as I say, I've no advice, but I reckon it takes real courage to do what that Warrant Officer and yourself has done. It's just a shame you've received a negative reaction to what - really - should be no big deal to anyone but yourself.
As Fede says, keep fighting, motivated even by compassion for other transgenders who may not be as intelligent or able as yourself, but try to find some peace around the situation too (if that's what she said).
I find I can't force a change, but what I can do is do stuff, or avoid stuff, and depending on what I'm doing or not doing, change happens.
It's a bit like getting fit. I can't force myself to be fit, but I can 'do stuff', like run, which creates the potential for fitness, and the fitness just happens without any input from me.
I take the actions and the change just happens all by itself.
Today I'm avoiding chocolate, mostly.