By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE agony of others and the will to loose them from it--is wrestled with in all religious traditions. but how does one truly turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms in which a egocentric center is reworked right into a beneficiant center?
When His Holiness the Dalai Lama got here to manhattan 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 easiest to the main not easy, describing the psychological education thoughts that would allow somebody of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this ebook the trail starts with basic and transparent ruminations at the benefits of a virtuous lifestyles and strikes directly to practices that may mood damaging and impulsive feelings. Such practices might be undertaken at atypical moments of the day, without delay reworking the aimless or worried brain right into a disciplined and open brain. progressively, the e-book introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the inner most and so much profound insights of Buddhist perform develop into a part of one's approach of figuring out and experiencing the realm.
An Open center is a transparent and straightforward advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment, by way of its maximum instructor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Extra resources for An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
If we feel we can bear the injustice, if the negative consequences of doing so are not too great, then I think it best to accept it. However, if in our judgment, reached with clarity and awareness, we are led to the conclusion that acceptance would bring greater negative consequences, then we must take the appropriate countermeasures. This conclusion should be reached on the basis of clear awareness of the situation and not as a result of anger. I think that anger and hatred actually cause more harm to us than to the person responsible for our problem.
What are the consequences of indulging in it? We must first reflect upon the way idle gossip leads us to speak badly of others, wastes a lot of time, and leaves us unfulfilled. We then consider the attitude we have toward people who gossip, how we don’t really trust them and would not feel confident asking their advice or confiding in them. Perhaps you can think of other aspects of senseless speech that are unpleasant. Such reflection helps us restrain ourselves when we are tempted to gossip. It is these seemingly elementary meditation practices that are, I believe, the most effective way of bringing about the fundamental changes necessary in our quest for happiness.
He did his best to protect his people and keep his aggressors at bay while also pursuing his studies and his practice of the Buddha’s path to salvation. In 1959, as the Chinese Communist forces prepared to bomb his summer palace, the twenty-five-year-old Dalai Lama fled his country. More than 100,000 Tibetans followed him. Living in India and throughout the world, they now devote themselves to an extraordinary nonviolent campaign for Tibetan freedom. From the Indian town of Dharamsala, nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya, His Holiness has established a democratic government to serve his people — those still in Tibet, the great number who live in Indian refugee settlements, and those in other countries.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland