Heart Advice

buda1Enlightenment is the union of wisdom and compassion. It is not advisable to merely pursue wisdom without a strong, constant effort toward cultivating compassion. In fact, efforts should be focused primarily on developing compassion in the initial stages of the path. And we are all beginners!

Excessive (obsessive) preoccupation with our own mental states is unhealthy. It is not conducive to enlightenment. It is a manifestation of self-grasping and self-cherishing, albeit disguised as “spiritual cultivation”.

If we want to make spiritual progress, we must dedicate our time, talents, and treasure to universal benefit. If we want to reduce our self-centeredness, we must help others, serve others: heal the sick, nourish the young, protect the weak. In small or big ways, every day, to help sentient beings, human and non-human, is the best course of action.

“Avoid harm. Do good. Purify the mind. This is the teaching of all the Buddhas,” in THAT order.

This is advice from the heart.

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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4 Responses to Heart Advice

  1. Dharma fool says:

    And in the meantime, while we are yet moving toward full enlightenment, if we do whatever we can to heal the sick, nourish the young, protect the weak, honor the wise, and support the righteous, we will be happier. Think of it? I don’t have to wait to become a Bodhisattva to alleviate the suffering of others — I can do so *right now*. Pretty good bargain!

  2. Raymond McConnie Zapater says:

    Wonderful advise!

  3. Patricia Sanderford says:

    We are 65 and 68 yr old couple.
    We are raising our grandson, Joshua, since he was 6 months. He is now 2 years and 3 months.
    We adopted 8 children, over the years. Joshua’s mother, repeated her mother’s exact choices. Joshua was damaged, by the violence, the first 6 months, of his life. He was blank, in the eyes, when we got him, but Now full of joy. We have been repeatedly told, by others, we must not raise him. We are told, we must take care of ourselves and “why are you self sacrificing?
    He is so full of joy. He dances, sings and is so loving we treated him homeopathic, to help him heal. Are we “wrong”? It is hard work, but such a joy, watching this little one flourish. Everyone he comes in contact with, feels his love and joy. He dips his head, toward people, and says “awww”, showing them love. I feel like this is our purpose, after caring for 56 babies, (foster babies),in our young years. I am not sure how to do what is “best”, for all.

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