Saturday, 12 May 2012

Tibetan wisdom

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Our impression is that the practice of compassion is something good for others, but not for oneself. This is not the case. According to my own little experience, when I practice compassion, I feel the immediate, direct benefit. I derive benefit 100%; the benefit to others may only be 50%. So the practice of compassion, the sense of caring—that sense of concern—is of immense benefit to oneself, the practitioner.

HH the Dalai Lama




There is a famous saying: “If the mind is not contrived, it is spontaneously blissful, just as water, when not agitated, is by nature transparent and clear.” I often compare the mind in meditation to a jar of muddy water: The more we leave the water without interfering or stirring it, the more the particles of dirt will sink to the bottom, letting the natural clarity of the water shine through. The very nature of the mind is such that if you only leave it in its unaltered and natural state, it will find its true nature, which is bliss and clarity.
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, chapter 5

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