Living a life with joy is meaningful. Wisdom and compassion play crucial roles. Wisdom helps foster humility. Reduction in ego-centricity is part and parcel of humility. There is automatically more focus on the wellbeing of others. It is not putting ourselves down. There is no one to be put down; there is no one to perform the action of putting down; and there is no action of putting down! These are only concepts and not real. There is strength and courage stemming from this deeper wisdom that we are not who we think we are. It is letting go of old habits of tightly embracing this old concept of who we think we are. As ego goes down, compassion automatically rises. Less spotlight on ourselves naturally shifts the focus to genuine concern for others. Wisdom and compassion are joined at the hip, just different ways to say the same thing – meaningful life of joy.
Wishing and acting to relieve suffering
Compassion is often misunderstood. We don’t have a good English word for ‘nyingje’ in Tibetan, or ‘karuṇā’ in Sanskrit. In addition to ‘wishing and acting to relieve suffering,’ compassion is nourished by wisdom. It is […]
3 levels of dukkha
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 […]
Offer happiness and peace to all my mother
This awesome text on compassion written nearly 1300 years ago, called ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by the humble Samurai Spiritual Warrior Langri Thangpa.’ Verse 7 reads: “In short, may I directly and indirectly Offer […]