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.
A square peg doesn’t fit in a round hole. So don’t push it. A round peg doesn’t fit in a square hole. So don’t push it. These are learning situations I often have to relearn. […]
“True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Through universal altruism, you develop […]