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

By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland

Compassion-sympathy for the pain of others and the will to loose them from it-is wrestled with in all non secular traditions. but how does one truly turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms wherein a egocentric center is remodeled right into a beneficiant middle? during this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes easily and powerfully concerning the daily Buddhist perform of compassion, providing a transparent, functional, inspiring creation to the Buddhist route to enlightenment.

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Speaking in English, His Holiness conveyed his views on the importance of respecting our neighbors, our compatriots, our fellow nations, and all of humanity. He shared his way of transforming pride into humility and anger into love. He expressed his concern for the divide between rich and poor. He ended by leading a prayer for all beings to find happiness. The transcript of that Central Park talk follows in the introduction. I hope and pray that this book may help all who read it in their search for happiness and that this happiness may in turn spread to others so that the hearts of all beings may in some way be opened.

I think that it is important for us to convey a clear message to these people: “You are also part of our society. You also have a future. You must, however, transform your mistakes or negative deeds, and should no longer make these mistakes. ” I also find it very sad when some, such as AIDS patients, are rejected by society. When we come across a part of society that is in a particularly miserable situation, it is a good opportunity to exercise our sense of concern, of caring and compassion. However, I often tell people, “My compassion is just empty words.

Thus, we can appreciate that causation is a universal principle. In Buddhism we talk of two types of causes. First there are the substantial ones. , the sprout. The conditions that enable the seed to generate its sprout — water, sunlight, soil, and fertilizer — would be considered that sprout’s cooperative causes or conditions. That things arise in dependence upon causes and conditions, whether substantial or cooperative, is not because of the force of people’s actions or because of the extraordinary qualities of a Buddha.

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