A Truthful Heart: Buddhist Practices for Connecting with by Jeffrey Hopkins

By Jeffrey Hopkins

The Dalai Lama usually says, Kindness is society. His former translator, Jeffrey Hopkins, writes that via studying to reside from a extra compassionate point of view, we will create a greater lifestyles not just for ourselves yet for everybody. In A honest center, Hopkins makes use of Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama's favorite), visualizations, and unique reminiscences from his own trip to lead us in constructing an knowledge of the skill for romance within us and studying to undertaking that love into the area round us. providing a effective message with the facility to alter our relations and increase the standard of our lives, A honest center is the precise e-book for an age within which our dealings with one another look more and more impersonal--and even violent and competitive. somebody looking liberate from anger and damage, or just desirous to raise the affection and being concerned between us, will welcome this well timed imaginative and prescient for humanity.

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So, start with easier persons—friends and neutral persons—and then proceed to harder ones: minor enemies, and so forth. You have to really feel the pain of others and gain familiarization with the meditation to the point where it has impact. Naturally, this process takes time. Also a sense of humor, a delight in watching how hard it is to apply this simple principle to some people. ” Go through all the people in the plane, one by one: “The pilot wants happiness and doesn’t want suffering . ” Meditate on people at work you don’t really know, people in a pharmacy—it’s shocking to recognize their humanity— the pharmacist behind the counter whom you’ve seen several times but you only recognize: “.

Then when you’ve directed altruism to so many individuals and groups, “all” comes to have some meaning. Otherwise, saying “all” tends to mean “no one,” and whenever anyone appears to your mind they aren’t included in “all sentient beings” whereas, of course, they should be. Then, whether meditating alone or with someone else or in a larger group, reflect that what you are doing—no matter how insignificant you might think its force is—is to benefit the entire world. It’s evocative to consider that a thoughtful activity in a particular place can be tied into the whole cosmos such that even if the session doesn’t produce much insight, the motivation with which you started is so powerful that it will still make a difference.

Just as in all directions Space, earth, water, fire, and wind Are without limit, So suffering sentient beings are limitless. Through their compassion Bodhisattvas are determined to lead These limitless sentient beings out of suffering And establish them in Buddhahood. [Hence] whether sleeping or not sleeping, After thoroughly assuming [such compassion] a truthful heart 64 Those who remain steadfast— Even though they might not be meticulous— Always accumulate merit as limitless as all sentient beings Since sentient beings are limitless.

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