By Jeffrey Hopkins
The Dalai Lama frequently says, Kindness is society. His former translator, Jeffrey Hopkins, writes that through studying to reside from a extra compassionate point of view, we will create a greater existence not just for ourselves yet for everybody. In A fair middle, Hopkins makes use of Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama's favorite), visualizations, and unique reminiscences from his own trip to steer us in constructing an information of the potential for romance within us and studying to venture that love into the area round us. providing a powerful message with the facility to alter our relations and increase the standard of our lives, A honest center is the fitting publication for an age within which our dealings with one another look more and more impersonal--and even violent and competitive. someone looking liberate from anger and harm, or just eager to elevate the affection and worrying between us, will welcome this well timed imaginative and prescient for humanity.
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A good way to facilitate this progress is through discussing and sharing obstacles and successes with others. I often conduct group sessions in which I lead people through the series of meditations starting with equanimity and culminating in generating compassion. ” By hearing about and thus imagining another’s success, it increases your own progress. If you are bored with trying to cultivate compassion toward people who are neutral to you—who have neither helped nor harmed you—it can be most helpful and inspiring to hear from another person who is having just the opposite experience: “Wow!
Otherwise, saying “all” tends to mean “no one,” and whenever anyone appears to your mind they aren’t included in “all sentient beings” whereas, of course, they should be. Then, whether meditating alone or with someone else or in a larger group, reflect that what you are doing—no matter how insignificant you might think its force is—is to benefit the entire world. It’s evocative to consider that a thoughtful activity in a particular place can be tied into the whole cosmos such that even if the session doesn’t produce much insight, the motivation with which you started is so powerful that it will still make a difference.
What keeps us from remembering them like that even for a few moments? The continual destructive thoughts that we habitually direct toward them. Thus, it’s important to keep in mind that developing compassion takes a tremendous amount of training of the mind with incremental progress. Although in meditation there are often sudden leaps to truly grand feelings, they are temporary. What is important over the long run is a steady progression. A good way to facilitate this progress is through discussing and sharing obstacles and successes with others.
A Truthful Heart: Buddhist Practices for Connecting with Others by Jeffrey Hopkins