An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland

By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland

Compassion-sympathy for the affliction of others and the need to unfastened them from it-is wrestled with in all religious traditions. but how does one truly turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms through which a egocentric center is reworked right into a beneficiant middle? during this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes easily and powerfully in regards to the daily Buddhist perform of compassion, delivering a transparent, sensible, inspiring advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment.

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If I judge myself from this point of view, the insect is definitely more honest and sincere than I am. Sometimes, when I meet someone and feel that I am a little better than this person, I look for some positive quality of the person. He may have nice hair. ” We can always find some quality in someone else where we are outshone. This mental habit helps in countering our pride or arrogance. Sometimes we feel hopeless; we become demoralized, thinking that we are unable to do something. In such situations we should recall the opportunity and potential we have to be successful.

We must try to develop greater perspective, looking at situations from all angles. Usually when we face problems, we look at them from our own point of view. We even sometimes deliberately ignore other aspects of a situation. This often leads to negative consequences. However, it is very important for us to have a broader perspective. We must come to realize that others are also part of our society. We can think of our society as a body, with arms and legs as parts of it. Of course, the arm is different from the leg; however, if something happens to the foot, the hand should reach down to help.

I am not talking of natural disasters. However, conflicts, bloodshed, problems arising out of nationalism and national boundaries, are all man-made. If we looked down at the world from space, we would not see any demarcations of national boundaries. We would simply see one small planet, just one. ” As this feeling grows, it becomes harder to see the reality of the situation. In many countries in Africa, and recently in some eastern European countries such as the former Yugoslavia, there is great narrow-minded nationalism.

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