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.
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The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warm-heartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest; it is as if we open an inner door. An […]