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 truly turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms through which a egocentric center is reworked right into a beneficiant center?
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 via 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 chain of meditations. An Open center lays out this process meditation, from the best to the main difficult, describing the psychological education thoughts that would allow somebody of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this booklet the trail starts off with basic and transparent ruminations at the benefits of a virtuous existence and strikes directly to practices which can mood damaging and impulsive feelings. Such practices might be undertaken at peculiar moments of the day, without delay reworking the aimless or fearful brain right into a disciplined and open brain. progressively, the ebook introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the inner most and such a lot profound insights of Buddhist perform develop into a part of one's means of realizing and experiencing the realm.
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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Extra info for An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
Settled meditation, like other forms of meditation, is not virtuous by nature. Rather, it is the object we are concentrated on and the motivation with which we engage in the practice that determine the spiritual quality of our meditation. If our mind is focused on compassion, the meditation is virtuous. If it is placed on anger, it is not. We must meditate in a systematic manner, cultivating familiarity with a chosen object gradually. Studying and listening to qualified teachers is an important part of this process.
A troublesome boss or difficult associate is seen as possessing a naturally flawed character. We make similar aesthetic judgments of objects that do not meet our fancy, even if they are perfectly acceptable to others. As we contemplate the way in which we project our judgments — whether positive or negative — upon people as well as objects and situations, we can begin to appreciate that more reasoned emotions and thoughts are more grounded in reality. This is because a more rational thought process is less likely to be influenced by projections.
From a moral as well as a practical point of view, this is a much better way of bringing about change in society. In India there exists a caste system; members of the lowest caste are sometimes referred to as untouchables. In the fifties the late Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, a member of this caste and a great lawyer who was India’s first minister of law and the author of the Indian constitution, became a Buddhist. Hundreds of thousands of people followed his example. Though they now consider themselves Buddhists, they continue to live in poverty.