By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
Compassion-sympathy for the pain 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 wherein a egocentric center is reworked 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, providing a transparent, sensible, inspiring advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment.
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However, once you have developed familiarity with a topic by means of such analysis, it is important to then remain focused on it by means of settled meditation in order to help it sink in more profoundly. SETTLED MEDITATION The second type is settled meditation. This occurs when we settle our minds on a chosen object without engaging in analysis or thought. When meditating on compassion, for example, we develop empathy for others and work at recognizing the suffering they are experiencing. This we do by means of analytical meditation.
As I look back, my life has not been easy. However, throughout all these years, I learned about compassion, about caring for others. This mental attitude has brought me inner strength. One of my favorite prayers is So long as space remains, So long as sentient beings remain, I will remain, In order to help, in order to serve, In order to make my own contribution. That sort of thinking brings one inner strength and confidence. It has brought purpose to my life. No matter how difficult or complicated things may be, if we have this type of mental attitude, we can have inner peace.
Copyright © 2001 by His Holiness The Dalai Lama Foreword copyright © 2001 by Nicholas Vreeland Afterword copyright © 2001 by Khyongla Rato and Richard Gere All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. com The Little, Brown and Company name and logo are registered trademarks of Hachette Book Group First eBook Edition: November 2008 ISBN: 978-0-316-04583-4 Contents FOREWORD INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: THE DESIRE FOR HAPPINESS Chapter 2: MEDITATION, A BEGINNING Chapter 3: THE MATERIAL AND IMMATERIAL WORLD Chapter 4: KARMA Chapter 5: THE AFFLICTIONS Chapter 6: THE VAST AND THE PROFOUND: TWO ASPECTS OF THE PATH Chapter 7: COMPASSION Chapter 8: MEDITATING ON COMPASSION Chapter 9: CULTIVATING EQUANIMITY Chapter 10: BODHICITTA Chapter 11: CALM ABIDING Chapter 12: THE NINE STAGES OF CALM ABIDING MEDITATION Chapter 13: WISDOM Chapter 14: BUDDHAHOOD Chapter 15: GENERATING BODHICITTA AFTERWORD FOREWORD BY NICHOLAS VREELAND IN BUDDHISM COMPASSION is defined as the wish that all beings be free of their suffering.