By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE anguish of others and the need to loose them from it--is wrestled with in all religious traditions. but how does one really turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms in which a egocentric center is reworked right into a beneficiant middle?
When His Holiness the Dalai Lama got here to long island urban in 1999, he spoke easily and powerfully at the daily Buddhist perform of compassion. Weaving jointly the contents of 3 sacred texts-- one by means of the eighth-century Indian grasp Kamalashila, one other by way of the fourteenth-century Tibetan Togmay Sangpo, and a 3rd through the eleventh-century sage Langri Tangpa--His Holiness confirmed that the trail to compassion is a chain of meditations. An Open center lays out this process meditation, from the best to the main demanding, describing the psychological education concepts that might permit someone of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this ebook the trail starts off with uncomplicated and transparent ruminations at the benefits of a virtuous lifestyles and strikes directly to practices which can mood harmful and impulsive feelings. Such practices should be undertaken at ordinary moments of the day, instantaneously reworking the aimless or worried brain right into a disciplined and open brain. progressively, the ebook introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the inner most and such a lot profound insights of Buddhist perform develop into a part of one's manner of realizing and experiencing the realm.
An Open center is a transparent and straightforward advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment, through its maximum instructor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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I think that this is the wise way to inflict harm upon your neighbor. I do not mean this as a joke. I have a certain amount of experience here. In spite of some very unfortunate circumstances, I usually remain calm, with a settled peace of mind. I think this is very useful. You must not consider tolerance and patience to be signs of weakness. I consider them signs of strength. When we are faced with an enemy, a person or group of people wishing us harm, we can view this as an opportunity to develop patience and tolerance.
If we Tibetans have the opportunity, we can develop a very successful human community. ” I told him, “We are equal! We have the same potential! We are all human beings! The difference in the color of our skin is minor. ” At last, with tears in his eyes, in a whisper he responded, “Now I feel that we are the same. ” I felt a great relief from my sad discomfort. I felt that I had made a small contribution in transforming one individual’s mind and that I had helped him develop self-confidence, which is the basis of a bright future.
As long as we are part of human society, it is very important to be a kind, warm-hearted person. May the poor find wealth, Those weak with sorrow find joy. May the forlorn find new hope, Constant happiness and prosperity. May the frightened cease to be afraid, And those bound be free. May the weak find power, And may their hearts join in friendship. Chapter 1 THE DESIRE FOR HAPPINESS IT IS MY hope that the reader of this small book will take away a basic understanding of Buddhism and some of the key methods by which Buddhist practitioners have cultivated compassion and wisdom in their lives.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland