By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland

ISBN-10: 0316989797

ISBN-13: 9780316989794

COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE agony of others and the will to loose them from it--is wrestled with in all religious traditions. but how does one truly develop into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms in which a egocentric middle is reworked right into a beneficiant middle?

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama got here to big apple urban in 1999, he spoke easily and powerfully at the daily Buddhist perform of compassion. Weaving jointly the contents of 3 sacred texts-- one by way of the eighth-century Indian grasp Kamalashila, one other by means of the fourteenth-century Tibetan Togmay Sangpo, and a 3rd via 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 easiest to the main demanding, describing the psychological education strategies that may let a person of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this booklet the trail starts with easy and transparent ruminations at the benefits of a virtuous existence and strikes directly to practices that could mood harmful and impulsive feelings. Such practices might be undertaken at strange moments of the day, instantaneously reworking the aimless or frightened brain right into a disciplined and open brain. steadily, the publication introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the inner most and so much profound insights of Buddhist perform turn into a part of one's approach of realizing and experiencing the realm.

An Open middle is a transparent and easy advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment, by way of its maximum instructor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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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. ” Sometimes we ignore people in unfortunate situations. When I travel through India by train, I see poor people and beggars in the stations. I see people ignore them and even bully them.

Because the Three Jewels have their equivalent in other traditions, it is often easier for those who have been raised inside such a tradition to recognize their value. LEAVING CYCLIC EXISTENCE Once we finally recognize the suffering state we are in, the all-pervasive suffering that the afflictive emotions such as attachment and anger inflict upon us, we develop a sense of frustration and disgust with our present predicament. This, in turn, nurtures the desire to free ourselves from our present state of mind, the endless cycles of misery and disappointment.

It is therefore important to develop familiarity with the mechanics of causation. The substantial cause of our present state of mind is the previous moment of mind. Thus, each moment of consciousness serves as the substantial cause of our subsequent awareness. The stimuli experienced by us, visual forms we enjoy or memories we react to, are the cooperative conditions that give our state of mind its character. As with matter, by controlling the conditions, we affect the product: our mind. Meditation should be a skillful method of doing just this, applying particular conditions to our minds in order to bring about the desired effect, a more virtuous mind.

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