By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE agony of others and the need to loose them from it--is wrestled with in all non secular traditions. but how does one really develop into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms in which a egocentric center is remodeled right into a beneficiant center?
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 through the eighth-century Indian grasp Kamalashila, one other through the fourteenth-century Tibetan Togmay Sangpo, and a 3rd by means of the eleventh-century sage Langri Tangpa--His Holiness confirmed that the trail to compassion is a sequence of meditations. An Open middle lays out this process meditation, from the best to the main difficult, describing the psychological education recommendations that may let somebody of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this booklet the trail starts off with easy and transparent ruminations at the merits of a virtuous existence and strikes directly to practices which can mood damaging and impulsive feelings. Such practices could be undertaken at abnormal moments of the day, immediately remodeling the aimless or worried brain right into a disciplined and open brain. progressively, the booklet introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the inner most and so much profound insights of Buddhist perform develop into a part of one's means of understanding and experiencing the area.
An Open middle is a transparent and easy advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment, through its maximum instructor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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The discomfort arises from the mental unease that follows the expression of these emotions. A constant state of mental unsettledness can even cause us physical harm. Where do these emotions come from? According to the Buddhist worldview, they have their roots in habits cultivated in the past. They are said to have accompanied us into this life from past lives, when we experienced and indulged in similar emotions. If we continue to accommodate them, they will grow stronger, exerting greater and greater influence over us.
There was a relevance to violence and war. However, today we are so interdependent that the concept of war has become outdated. When we face problems or disagreements today, we have to arrive at solutions through dialogue. Dialogue is the only appropriate method. One-sided victory is no longer relevant. We must work to resolve conflicts in a spirit of reconciliation and always keep in mind the interests of others. We cannot destroy our neighbors! We cannot ignore their interests! Doing so would ultimately cause us to suffer.
In our normal way of life, we let ourselves be controlled by powerful thoughts and emotions, which in turn give rise to negative states of mind. It is by this vicious circle that we perpetuate not only our unhappiness but also that of others. We must deliberately take a stand to reverse these tendencies and replace them with new habits. Like a freshly grafted branch on an old tree that will eventually absorb the life of that tree and create a new one, we must nurture new inclinations by deliberately cultivating virtuous practices.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland