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I naively thought people would focus on bettering themselves and not judging others on stereotypes........
I'm going back to the sangha in August after a few year's absence. I'm looking forward to it. I need it. If I don't go, I'll end up just walking away and giving up altogether.
I have recently come across an article about a mentally ill person who did an intensive meditation retreat and became suicidal and did die by suicide. To me the story suggests that people with psychiatric problems should be gentle with meditation and it also suggests to me that intensive meditation retreats should have a psychologist on staff if possible to identify what is happening and what to do about.
Yes. I think you've made an extremely valid point @Jeffrey
I also become very concerned by people who go off their meds because they believe they can "meditate away the illness" That is just as unskilful and futile as the morons who proclaim you can "pray away the gay"
Buddhism is not a cure-all for the world's ills. I wish people would acknowledge/realise this.