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By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland

Compassion-sympathy for the ache of others and the will to loose them from it-is wrestled with in all religious traditions. but how does one really turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms during which a egocentric center is reworked 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, sensible, inspiring creation to the Buddhist route to enlightenment.

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Before we can renounce cyclic existence, we must first recognize that we shall all inevitably die. We are born with the seed of our own death. From the moment of birth, we are approaching this inevitable demise. Then we must also contemplate that the time of our death is uncertain. Death does not wait for us to tidy up our lives. It strikes un-announced. At the time of our death, friends and family, the precious possessions we have so meticulously collected throughout our lives, are of no value.

However, it is crucial that we realize the great value of human existence, the opportunity and the potential that our brief lives afford us. It is only as humans that we have the possibility of implementing changes in our lives. Animals may be taught sophisticated tricks and are of undeniable assistance to society. But their limited mental capacity prevents them from consciously engaging in virtue and experiencing real spiritual change in their lives. Such thoughts inspire us to make our human existence purposeful.

This really brings about worry in your neighbor’s mind. I think that this is the wise way to inflict harm upon your neighbor. I do not mean this as a joke. I have a certain amount of experience here. In spite of some very unfortunate circumstances, I usually remain calm, with a settled peace of mind. I think this is very useful. You must not consider tolerance and patience to be signs of weakness. I consider them signs of strength. When we are faced with an enemy, a person or group of people wishing us harm, we can view this as an opportunity to develop patience and tolerance.

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