Generosity is a means of opening our heart, as well as helping another. It is the first of the 6 paramitas, or 6 perfections, to cultivate compassion and wisdom. They are: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, perseverance, concentration, and wisdom; and are in the order of easiest to most difficult to practice. So start with generosity. Start by giving small things like a smile, or guidance, or friendship. Gradually expand to food, clothing, shelter, and money. Expand further to giving respect, trust, love, and compassion. This sets a marvelous base to build our compassion.
For those interested in understanding the teachings of the Buddha, to eliminate suffering for oneself and others, this schema presented in the last post is crucial to understand. The root of the problem is a […]
Are you ready to go further? I would like to share with you another method to transform anger into tolerance, understanding, and eventually compassion. This one comes from the 8th Century Indian Buddhist saint, Shantideva. […]
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