By Dalai Lama

ISBN-10: 0877739714

ISBN-13: 9780877739715

Compassion is the guideline of the bodhisattvas, those that vow to achieve enlightenment to be able to unlock all sentient beings from the affliction and confusion of imperfect lifestyles. To this finish, they have to surrender all self-centered targets and examine basically the future health of others. The bodhisattvas' enemies are the ego, ardour, and hatred; their guns are generosity, endurance, perseverance, and knowledge.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is taken into account to be a residing embodiment of this non secular perfect. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama offers the following an in depth handbook of useful philosophy, in accordance with The manner of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a widely known textual content of Mahayana Buddhism written by way of Shantideva. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the textual content, alluding all through to the adventure of everyday life and exhibiting how an individual can strengthen bodhichitta, the want for ideal enlightenment for the sake of others. This booklet would certainly turn into a regular handbook for all those that desire to make the bodhisattva perfect a dwelling event.

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We might think that if we show tolerance when people say nasty things to us it will be thought that what they are saying is true and the resulting damage to our reputation will hamper our success in life. But there is nothing wrong with that. However much fame and praise we get, we can only enjoy it for this life. On the other hand, if we get angry with others, thinking they are damaging our reputation and success in this life, the negative actions we thus accumulate will follow us in our future lives.

As the Buddhas are my constant friends, Boundless in the benefits they bring me, How else may I repay their goodness, But by making living beings happy? PATIENCE Making beings happy, I please the Buddhas also; Offending them, the Buddhas also I offend. If we really take refuge in the Buddhas, then we should respect their wishes. After all, in ordinary life it is normal to adapt in some way to one's friends and respect their wishes. The ability to do so is considered a good quality. It is truly sad if, on the one hand, we say that we take refuge with heartfelt devotion in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, but on the other hand, in our actions, we contemptuously ignore what displeases them.

Laziness has three aspects: having no wish to do good, being distracted by negative activities, and underestimating oneself by doubting one's ability. Related to these are taking undue pleasure in idleness and sleep and being indifferent to samsara as a state of suffering. 4. Snared by the trapper of defiled emotion, Enmeshed and taken in the toils of birth, How could I not know that I have fallen thus into the mouth of Death? All of us want to be happy and to avoid suffering. But because of negative emotions, our minds are never at peace.

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