All Are Equal

child-monkeyhandsIn joy and sorrow all are equal; thus be guardian of all, as of yourself.

The hand and other limbs are many and distinct, but all are one ―the body, to be kept and guarded. Likewise, different beings, in their joys and sorrows, are, like me, all one in wanting happiness. This pain of mine does not afflict or cause discomfort to another’s body, and yet this pain is hard for me to bear because I cling and take it for my own. And other beings’ pain I do not feel, and yet, because I take them for myself, their suffering is mine and therefore hard to bear.

Therefore I’ll dispel the pain of others, for it is simply pain, just like my own. And others I will aid and benefit, for they are living beings, like my body. Since I and other beings both, in wanting happiness, are equal and alike, what difference is there to distinguish us, that I should strive to have my bliss alone?

Shantideva

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to All Are Equal

  1. Cheryla says:

    how to be a good “guardian to all”? is this similar to the christian “brother’s keeper”? that we are equal is evident to me, but so difficult to convince some friends of this truth. good to have shantideva’s
    words. thank you, cc

  2. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

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