Without compassion in your heart, all you have is ego, which both, directly and indirectly, harms all sentient beings, including those in this world and your country, and your own family: parents, companion, children and yourself. The more you can practice compassion, the greater will be the peace and happiness in your heart and in your life. ~ Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
As you know, not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. And, I can say this with assurance, the ones who do choose to have this day for ‘giving thanks’ have their own way of celebrating.
So if you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving or not…
Thank you for all that you are…no matter who you are….where you are….I Give Thanks for you.
Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the rights of the other. ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The elemental struggle is with our feeling of being wrong, with our guilt and shame at what we are. That’s what we have to befriend. ~ Pema Chodron
Since we desire the true happiness that is brought about by a calm mind, and such peace of mind arises only from having a compassionate attitude, we need to make a concerted effort to develop compassion. We must use all the events of our daily life to transform our thoughts and behavior. ~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama
The modern world is such that the interests of a particular country or community can no longer be considered to lie within the confines of its own boundaries. Cultivating contentment is therefore crucial to maintaining peaceful coexistence because discontent breeds a sense of acquisitiveness that can never be satisfied. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, 15 Oct 10
Lovingkindness—maitri—toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Maitri means that we can still be crazy, we can still be angry. We can still be timid or jealous or full of feelings of unworthiness. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest. ~ Pema Chodron