By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE anguish of others and the need to unfastened them from it--is wrestled with in all non secular traditions. but how does one truly develop into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms through which a egocentric center is reworked right into a beneficiant middle?
When His Holiness the Dalai Lama got here to ny 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 way 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 tough, describing the psychological education ideas that may let an individual of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this publication the trail starts with uncomplicated and transparent ruminations at the benefits of a virtuous lifestyles and strikes directly to practices which can mood damaging and impulsive feelings. Such practices will be undertaken at ordinary moments of the day, instantly reworking the aimless or nervous brain right into a disciplined and open brain. progressively, the ebook introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the private and so much profound insights of Buddhist perform turn into a part of one's approach of understanding and experiencing the area.
An Open center is a transparent and easy creation to the Buddhist route to enlightenment, via its maximum instructor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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We are born with the seed of our own death. From the moment of birth, we are approaching this inevitable demise. Then we must also contemplate that the time of our death is uncertain. Death does not wait for us to tidy up our lives. It strikes un-announced. At the time of our death, friends and family, the precious possessions we have so meticulously collected throughout our lives, are of no value. Not even this precious body, the vehicle of this lifetime, is of any use. Such thoughts help us diminish our preoccupation with the concerns of our present lives.
So, mental attitude is very important: it makes a real difference to our state of happiness. I think that it is wrong to expect that our problems can be solved by money or material benefit. It is unrealistic to believe that something positive can come about merely from something external. Of course, our material situation is important and helpful to us. However, our inner, mental attitudes are equally important — if not more so. We must learn to steer away from pursuing a life of luxury, as it is an obstacle to our practice.
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. THE THREE JEWELS OF REFUGE From the outset of the Buddhist path, the connection between our understanding of the way things are and our spiritual behavior is important. It is through this relationship that we establish that we are followers of the Buddha. A Buddhist is defined as one who seeks ultimate refuge in the Buddha, in his doctrine known as the Dharma, and in the Sangha, the spiritual community that practices according to that doctrine.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland