By The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland
Compassion-sympathy for the pain of others and the need to unfastened them from it-is wrestled with in all non secular traditions. but how does one really turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms during which a egocentric center is remodeled 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, useful, inspiring creation to the Buddhist route to enlightenment.
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Chapter 2 MEDITATION, A BEGINNING IN THIS CHAPTER we explore the techniques for changing our minds from our habitual ways to more virtuous ones. There are two methods of meditating that are to be used in our practice. One, analytical meditation, is the means by which we familiarize ourselves with new ideas and mental attitudes. The other, settled meditation focuses the mind on a chosen object. Although we all naturally aspire to be happy and wish to overcome our misery, we continue to experience pain and suffering.
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. This is the true meaning and object of the practice of meditation. Contemplating the painful nature of life, considering the methods by which our misery can be brought to an end, is a form of meditation. This book is a form of meditation. The process by which we transform our more instinctual attitude to life, that state of mind which seeks only to satisfy desire and avoid discomforts, is what we mean when we use the word meditation.
From this ensues our respect for the Sangha, the spiritual practitioners engaged in applying the Dharma. Our sense of respect for this refuge is strengthened by such contemplation, as is our determination to engage in a daily spiritual practice. As Buddhists, when we take refuge in the Buddha’s doctrine, the second of the Three Jewels, we are actually taking refuge in both the prospect of an eventual state of freedom from suffering and in the path or method by which we attain such a state. This path, the process of applying this doctrine through conscious spiritual practice, is referred to as the Dharma.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by The Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland