Others’ Happiness

cecil2With the love and compassion

that make the mind of enlightenment supreme,

may this thought arise in everyone:

“Other beings’ happiness is as important as my own”.

May excellent virtue and auspiciousness

always increase, never diminish!

―Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

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Nine Hurdles

milagreenAn autonomous, resourceful, and fully equipped body

that’s freed of the eight unfavorable states is not easy to get.

To get to the heart of this free and resourceful occasion

and to get past the pleasures of worldly life is not easy to do.

To see what is wrong with the phenomenon of samsara

and accomplish nirvana is not something easy to do.

Although one might practice true Dharma extensively,

the purest conductive conditions don’t easily join.

A Lama who masters instructions, scriptures, and logic

and has a compassionate heart is not easy to find.

A student with faith who does not get fed up or exhausted

and is able to actually practice is not easy to find.

A practice environment blessed with the proper conditions

free of all hazard and fear is not easy to find.

Friends with the same motivation and way to apply it,

whose thinking accords with your own are not easy to find.

A body that’s able to work with its pain and illness

and still do all you bid it is not easy to find.

Although you might get every one of these factors together,

to practice with one-pointed mind is not easy to do.

These are nine things which are difficult to come by.

They’re difficult, but it’s these difficult things you must do.

Milarepa

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The Same

11036661_410087955867933_7330331936108749507_nAs you are, so are others.

As others are, so are you.

Having thus identified self and others,

never harm anyone, nor abuse any being.

Train yourself in doing good

that lasts and brings happiness.

Cultivate generosity, the life of peace,

and a mind of infinite universal love.

―Buddha Shakyamuni

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Beings

fb95aba464d393eaf377fea6ace548a7Compassion does not focus

on the suffering that beings are undergoing,

but on the beings undergoing that suffering.

―HH XVII Karmapa

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No One

1912429_659105427482483_1574948199_oLet us not deceive another

or despise anyone for any reason,

or through anger or irritation

wish for another to suffer.

―Buddha Shakyamuni

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One and All

1452520_770052889688365_235144086_nI am a friend of the footless,

I am a friend of all bipeds,

I am a friend of those with four feet,

I am a friend of the many-footed.

May all beings, all who breathe,

all beings one and all, without exception,

experience good fortune only.

May they not fall into any harm.

―Buddha Shakyamuni, Anguttara Agama

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The First Step

kmpFor beginners training in compassion, the very first task ―if we are going to develop actual, authentic compassion― the very first task that we need to accomplish is to not eat meat. This is the first step to start developing compassion.

—Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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