The deepest self-compassion is wisdom. It gets to the heart of the matter – all our dissatisfaction and difficulties. Wisdom is basically nonattachment. There are many levels of nonattachment, like peeling an onion. 1000 years ago a great wise practitioner wrote, “8 Verses of Training (compassion and wisdom) the Mind.” His name was Langri Thangpa. The first seven verses teach us to cultivate compassion deeper and deeper. The last eighth verse teaches us the wisdom of nonattachment. That is, letting go of preconceived notions. This is hard for us to do. Hence it becomes a lifelong endeavor. We deepen our wisdom slowly, step by step. In the next several posts I will explain verse-by-verse this most precious ancient text.
Please remember the ‘8 Verses of Training the Mind (in compassion)’ is meant to be lifelong study and practice. The last verse is particularly tough all about the Buddhist wisdom of reality not being what […]
Compassion is an often-used word, but rarely understood. According to the Buddha, compassion is the relief of suffering. So, what is suffering? Buddha used the word ‘dukkha.’ We do not have an English equivalent, so […]