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By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland

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

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An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life

Compassion-sympathy for the soreness 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 in which a egocentric middle is remodeled right into a beneficiant middle? during this acclaimed bestseller, His Holiness the Dalai Lama writes easily and powerfully in regards to the daily Buddhist perform of compassion, supplying a transparent, useful, inspiring advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment.

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That is absolutely wrong. I am a human being like all of you. We have the same potential. Spiritual growth need not be based on religious faith. Let us speak of secular ethics. I believe that the methods by which we increase our altruism, our sense of caring for others and developing the attitude that our own individual concerns are less important than those of others, are common to all major religious traditions. Though we may find differences in philosophical views and rites, the essential message of all religions is very much the same.

An example of this dynamic might be when we mistrust someone and find that the mere thought of that person occasions more dark feelings. Other states of mind oppose each other, as when we cultivate a sense of confidence, thereby countering our depression or loss of faith in ourselves. As we recognize the effects of cultivating different mental qualities, we see how we can bring about changes to our state of mind. We must remember that this is simply the way the mind works. We can utilize this mechanism to further our spiritual development.

When we use meditation on our spiritual path, it is to familiarize ourselves with a chosen object. This object need not be a physical thing such as an image of the Buddha or Jesus on the cross. The “chosen object” can be a mental quality such as patience, which we work at cultivating within ourselves by means of meditative contemplation. It can also be the rhythmic movement of our breath, which we focus on to still our restless minds. And it can be the mere quality of clarity and knowing — our consciousness — the nature of which we seek to understand.

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