Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of by Thubten Chodron

By Thubten Chodron

A great and fascinating advent to the main widely recognized Buddhist deity, Chenrezig often referred to as Avalokiteshvara or Kuan Yin written by means of a favored Western Buddhist instructor.

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In our past life, he was our best friend or someone who rescued us from danger. Thinking like this, we begin to see him as kind in that way, and our heart can open and wish him well. It’s important to remember that “all sentient beings” includes us as well. ” Sometimes we forget to include ourselves in the scope of our equanimity, love, compassion, and joy, and in the end that leaves us feeling dry and isolated. While we want to overcome the wish for only our own happiness, let’s not go to the extreme of wishing for everyone’s happiness except our own.

What else are we going to do? We’ve already been born in each of the six realms countless times in the past. In our infinite previous lives, we have done everything and have experienced every pleasure and suffering in cyclic existence. There’s absolutely nothing new or exciting to do in cyclic existence. In fact, samsara is actually quite boring as well as totally senseless. If we want to do something really new and experience something we’ve never experienced before, let’s practice the path to enlightenment.

We have to look at Osama bin Laden, George Bush, our ex-husband or ex-wife, the guy who dented our car, and the colleague who got the promotion we felt we deserved. We can’t leave them out. We’re all facing Chenrezig together, showing that we all have a common motivation of wanting happiness and wanting to be free of suffering. This reminds us that even the people we don’t like want to be happy. They’re not any less worthy of happiness than anyone else. It also reminds us that to see Chenrezig we have to break through all of our prejudices for and against other people.

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