By Joseph Goldstein, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Love, compassion, and peace - those phrases are on the middle of all religious endeavors. even if we intuitively resonate with their which means and price, for many people, the problem is tips to embrace what we all know: how you can rework those phrases right into a shiny, residing perform. In those occasions of clash and uncertainty, this alteration is much greater than an summary excellent; it's an pressing necessity. Peace on the earth starts with us. This splendidly attractive supplying from one the main relied on elders of Buddhism within the West is a hot and fascinating exploration of the methods we will be able to domesticate and occur peace as clever and skillful motion within the world.
This fascinating booklet is illuminated all through with full of life, joyous, and occasionally even humorous citations from a bunch of up to date and historical resources - from the poetry of W.S. Merwin and Galway Kinnell to the haiku of Issa and the nice poet-monk Ryokan, from the luminous aspirations of Saint Francis of Assisi to the sage recommendation of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.
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But I still felt caught in the intensity of the emotion. ” That 32 • a heart full of peace • was the first moment of genuine acceptance— and it entirely changed my relationship to fear. Fear would still arise, of course, but I no longer locked it in with my resistance. Genuine mindful acceptance allowed the fear to just wash through. It’s not always easy to be compassionate, much as we want to or even feel that we are. We don’t like opening to our own pain, and we don’t necessarily want to open to the pain of others.
I would go in with my answers, but often Roshi would just say, “Oh, very stupid,” and then ring his bell to dismiss me. ” With each interview I was getting more and more uptight. Finally, he had a little compassion for me and gave me an easier koan. ” A sutra is a Buddhist text and we had been doing some chanting of sutras every day. Well, I thought I finally understood the koan: I would simply go in and chant a little of the sutra. 46 • a heart full of peace • To receive compassion and love, one must be willing to open to one’s vulnerability.
48 • a heart full of peace • Genuine happiness does not come from accumulating pleasant feelings. It is a realization both simple and profound: genuine happiness does not come from accumulating more and more pleasant feelings. When we reflect on our lives and the many nice things and pleasant feelings we’ve experienced, have they provided us with lasting fulfillment? We know that they have not—precisely because they don’t last. Society and popular culture reinforce our belief that happiness comes primarily through pleasant feelings.
A Heart Full of Peace by Joseph Goldstein, His Holiness the Dalai Lama