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 through studying to dwell from a extra compassionate point of view, we will create a greater existence not just for ourselves yet for everybody. In A fair center, Hopkins makes use of Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama's favorite), visualizations, and interesting reminiscences from his own trip to lead us in constructing an information of the means for romance within us and studying to undertaking that love into the area round us. supplying a effective message with the facility to alter our relations and increase the standard of our lives, A honest center is the correct e-book for an age within which our dealings with one another appear more and more impersonal--and even violent and competitive. somebody looking unlock from anger and damage, or just eager to bring up the affection and worrying between us, will welcome this well timed imaginative and prescient for humanity.

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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: “.

And six times—you could 32 a truthful heart even do six in a row, and it would still only take a minute and a half! Anyone can find three minutes here and there throughout the day to practice compassion. po stur e Meditation does not have to be done in a particular posture; it can and should be done in a variety of positions—standing, sitting, walking, riding on the bus, flying in a plane, wherever and whenever, provided you won’t cause an accident. A change of position now and then helps to bring the force of the reflections into everyday life and deepen their impact.

In Tibet, they are called the vajra posture and the half-vajra posture. Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning diamond, or diamond scepter, something unbreakable; the vajra posture is solid, indestructible. Though one can meditate in any posture at all, this specific sitting posture is recommended because of the heaviness of our afflictive emotions, including our tendency toward drowsiness; it is hard for the mind to be fully present when one is lying down, for example. The cushion should be comfortable.

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