“Each one of us is responsible for all other living beings’ happiness besides our own. As a result, your loving kindness is the most wish fulfilling thing in life, more precious than anything else in the world.”–Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Boundless joy is the joy you should feel when you see gifted and learned beings who are happy, famous or influential. Instead of feeling uneasy and envious of their good fortune, rejoice sincerely, thinking, “May they continue to be happy and enjoy even more happiness!” Pray too that they may use their wealth and power to help others, to serve the Dharma and the Sangha, making offerings, building monasteries, propagating the teachings and performing other worthwhile deeds. Rejoice and make a wish: “May they never lost all their happiness and privileges. May their happiness increase more and more, and may they use it to benefit others and to further the teachings.”
The reason these four qualities are boundless, or immeasurable, is that their object–the totality of sentient beings–is boundless; their benefit–the welfare of all beings–is boundless; and also their fruit–the qualities of enlightenment–is boundless. They are immeasurable like the sky, and they are the true root of enlightenment.(p.49)
- Immerse yourself… (abuddhistsjourney.wordpress.com)
- The Perverted Notion of “I” (abuddhistsjourney.wordpress.com)
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- The things He did to further The Doctrine after Gaining these Qualities ~ Heading 6 (abuddhistsjourney.wordpress.com)
”Just as there are mushrooms that look and taste delicious but are mortally poisonous to anyone imprudent enough to eat them, so too, wealth, fame, and sensual pleasures, which seem very attractive at the outset, will end in bitter disappointment. Conversely, just as medicine that has a very bitter taste may nevertheless be effective cure for sickness, so too spiritual practice -despite the difficulties and ordeals, both physical and mental it may entail- leads nevertheless to an indestructible bliss beyond all trace of suffering”.
– Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche –
When we are angry we are blind to reality.
Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from wrong.
To deal with our problems, we need to be practical and realistic.
If we are to be realistic, we need to use our human intelligence properly, which means we need a calm mind. ~ HH The 14th Dalai Lama
- Dalai Lama: We Must Learn More About Each Other (skyscraperyoga.wordpress.com)
The mind, dividing experiences into subject and object, first identifies with a subject, “I”, then with the idea of “mine”, and starts to cling to “my body”, “my mind”, and “my name”. As our attachment to these three notion grows stronger and stronger, we become more and more exclusively concerned with our own well-being.All our striving for comfort, our intolerance of life’s annoying circumstances, our preoccupation with pleasure and pain, wealth and poverty, fame and obscurity, praise and blame, are due to this idea of “I”.
~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Treat your anger with the utmost respect and tenderness, for it is no other than yourself. Do not suppress it—simply be aware of it. Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed. When you are aware that you are angry, your anger is transformed. If you destroy anger, you destroy the Buddha, for Buddha and Mara are of the same essence. Mindfully dealing with anger is like taking the hand of a little brother.