By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE ache of others and the will 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 during which a egocentric middle 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 way of the eighth-century Indian grasp Kamalashila, one other via the fourteenth-century Tibetan Togmay Sangpo, and a 3rd by way of the eleventh-century sage Langri Tangpa--His Holiness confirmed that the trail to compassion is a sequence of meditations. An Open center lays out this process meditation, from the easiest to the main tough, describing the psychological education concepts that would permit somebody of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this booklet the trail starts off with basic and transparent ruminations at the merits of a virtuous lifestyles and strikes directly to practices that may mood damaging and impulsive feelings. Such practices should be undertaken at unusual moments of the day, without delay reworking the aimless or apprehensive brain right into a disciplined and open brain. steadily, the publication 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 approach of realizing and experiencing the area.
An Open center is a transparent and straightforward creation 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.
Copyright © 2001 by His Holiness The Dalai Lama Foreword copyright © 2001 by Nicholas Vreeland Afterword copyright © 2001 by Khyongla Rato and Richard Gere All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. com The Little, Brown and Company name and logo are registered trademarks of Hachette Book Group First eBook Edition: November 2008 ISBN: 978-0-316-04583-4 Contents FOREWORD INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: THE DESIRE FOR HAPPINESS Chapter 2: MEDITATION, A BEGINNING Chapter 3: THE MATERIAL AND IMMATERIAL WORLD Chapter 4: KARMA Chapter 5: THE AFFLICTIONS Chapter 6: THE VAST AND THE PROFOUND: TWO ASPECTS OF THE PATH Chapter 7: COMPASSION Chapter 8: MEDITATING ON COMPASSION Chapter 9: CULTIVATING EQUANIMITY Chapter 10: BODHICITTA Chapter 11: CALM ABIDING Chapter 12: THE NINE STAGES OF CALM ABIDING MEDITATION Chapter 13: WISDOM Chapter 14: BUDDHAHOOD Chapter 15: GENERATING BODHICITTA AFTERWORD FOREWORD BY NICHOLAS VREELAND IN BUDDHISM COMPASSION is defined as the wish that all beings be free of their suffering.
In my own practice, when I have an arrogant feeling, “Oh, I’m somehow special,” I say to myself. “It is true that I’m a human being and a Buddhist monk. ” I then compare myself to a small insect in front of me and think, “This little insect is very weak, with no capacity to think about philosophical matters. It has no ability to develop altruism. ” 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.