A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

Compassion is the guideline of the bodhisattvas, those that vow to realize enlightenment which will release all sentient beings from the pain and confusion of imperfect life. To this finish, they need to resign all self-centered targets and view purely the wellbeing and fitness of others. The bodhisattvas' enemies are the ego, ardour, and hatred; their guns are generosity, endurance, perseverance, and knowledge.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is taken into account to be a dwelling embodiment of this religious excellent. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama offers the following an in depth guide of functional philosophy, according to enter site The method of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a widely known textual content of Mahayana Buddhism written through Shantideva. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the textual content, alluding all through to the adventure of lifestyle and exhibiting how somebody can advance source link bodhichitta, the want for ideal enlightenment for the sake of others. This booklet would definitely turn into a customary handbook for all those that desire to make the bodhisattva perfect a residing event.

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Of course, ordinary enemies harm us: that is whyJ we call them enemies. But the wrongO they do us is intended to help themselves or their friends, not just to make us unhappy. On the other hand, the inner enemy, anger, has no other function than to destroy our positive actions and make us suffer. " From the moment it appears, it exists for the sole purpose of harming us. So we should confront it with all the means we have. Let us maintain a peaceful state of mind and avoid getting upset. What irritates us in the first place is that our wishes are not fulfilled.

Because people speak ill of us. Again, at first when we have little, we do not have much reason 93. Children can't help crying When their sand castles come crumbling down. Our minds are so like them When praise and reputation start to fail. 68 for a sense of competition with others. But later, when the "humble monk starts to grow some hair," he becomes conceited, and as he becomes more influential, he vies with others for important posi- tions. We feel jealous of anyone who has good qualities, and this in 69 PATIENCE PATIENCE the end destroys whatever good qualities we ourselves have.

This is something we should be very careful about. If we can please beings, it goes without saying that this will contribute toward our attaining omniscience. Even in this life, we will be happy and relaxed, well thought of, and have many friends. In future lives we will be good-looking, strong, and healthy, and we 122. Buddhas are made happy by the joy of beings; They sorrow and lament when beings suffer. 72 will be reborn in the higher realms, with the eight qualities that are the result of positive actions.

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