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CompassionRise: "Dalai Lama"

Feelings and Forgiveness

When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions done in one's past, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively. If you know that someone is speaking badly of you behind your back, and if you react to that negativity with a feeling of hurt, then you destroy your own peace of mind. One's pain is one's own creation. One should treat such things as if they are wind behind one's ear. In other words, just brush them aside. To a large extent, whether or not one suffers pain depends on how one responds to a given situation. What makes a difference is whether or not one is too sensitive and takes things too seriously.

Posted January 29, 2009 08:00 AM

Eagle and Thicket

When the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses all tamed, the secret corners of the forest heavy with the scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires, where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. ... The creatures that inhabit this earth -- be they human beings or animals -- are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.

Posted January 28, 2009 08:00 AM

The Great Responsibility

Whenever Buddhism has taken root in a new land there has always been a certain variation in the style in which it is observed. The Buddha himself taught differently according to the place, the occasion, and the situation of those who were listening to him. So, all of us have the great responsibility to take the essence of Buddhism and put it into practice in our own lives.

Posted January 27, 2009 08:00 AM

Common Ground

We have to adopt a wider perspective, and always find common things between the people of north, east, south, and west. Conflict comes from the basis of differences.

Posted January 26, 2009 08:00 AM

Achieving Immortality

Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

Posted January 25, 2009 08:00 AM

Good Intentions

If we examine ourselves every day with mindfulness and mental alertness, checking our thoughts, motivations, and their manifestations in external behavior, a possibility for change and self-improvement can open within us. From early morning until I go to bed and in all situations in life, I always try to check my motivation and be mindful and present in the moment.

Posted January 24, 2009 08:00 AM

Developing the Human Family

For a better, happier, more stable and civilized future, each of us must develop a sincere, warmhearted feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood.

Posted January 23, 2009 08:00 AM

Compassion and Revenge

A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you. Whether one believes in a religion or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.

Posted January 22, 2009 08:00 AM

Pushing Our Human Boundaries

I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Posted January 20, 2009 08:00 AM

A New Spirituality

I believe deeply that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality.

Posted January 17, 2009 08:00 AM

Community and Inner Strength

When we pray together, I feel something. If we utilize it properly, this feeling is very helpful for developing our inner strength.

Posted January 16, 2009 08:00 AM

Our Sense of Well-Being

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.

Posted January 15, 2009 08:00 AM

Science and Humility

In this ever-changing world there are two important things that we should keep in mind. The first is self-examination. We should reexamine our own attitude toward others and constantly check ourselves. Second, we must be prepared to admit our faults and stand corrected.

Posted January 14, 2009 05:33 PM

Respect and Responsibility

Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.

Posted January 13, 2009 08:00 AM

The Purpose of Meditation

The very purpose of meditation is to discipline the mind and reduce afflictive emotions.

Posted January 10, 2009 08:00 AM

Freedom and Creativity

Freedom is the real source of human happiness and creativity. Irrespective of whether you are a believer or nonbeliever, whether Buddhist, Christian, or Jew, the important thing is to be a good human being.

Posted January 9, 2009 08:00 AM

Ignorance and Real Peace

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.

Posted January 8, 2009 08:00 AM

Look On the Bright Side

The fact that there is always a positive side to life is the one thing that gives me a lot of happiness. This world is not perfect. There are problems. But things like happiness and unhappiness are relative. Realizing this gives you hope.

Posted January 7, 2009 08:00 AM

The Seeds of Compassion

Compassion is not religious business; it is human business. It is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.

Posted January 6, 2009 08:00 AM

Nature v. Nurture

If any sensible person thinks deeply, he will respect justice. There is an inborn appreciation and respect for justice within our human body. In children, we find what is natural to be the human character. But as they grow up, they develop a lot of conditioning and wrong attitudes. I often feel there is more truthfulness in a small child and I find reasons to have confidence in human courage and human nature.

Posted January 5, 2009 08:00 AM

Sustainability of the Self

Human beings are of such a nature that they should have not only material facilities but spiritual sustenance as well. Without spiritual sustenance, it is difficult to get and maintain peace of mind.

Posted January 3, 2009 08:00 AM

We Are the Makers

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

Posted January 2, 2009 08:00 AM

Old and New

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend -- or a meaningful day.

Posted January 1, 2009 08:00 AM


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