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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 20 The third instruction on generating bodhichitta is to repay the kindness of others. This is almost like taking a vow. If we have the view that those who have helped us includes every- one—that even animals have cared for us in some previous lifetime—every encounter becomes an opportunity for us to practice repaying their kindness. This contemplation is part of the aspect of the Mahayana school of Buddhism called the “great activity.” It’s called “great” because this attitude is so vast that it’s difficult to imagine. If we had this attitude even for a moment, we’d begin to see that everyone we meet has helped us, directly or indirectly, and we would want to repay his or her kindness. By taking this attitude in working with others, we could experience our lives in a completely different way. The fourth way to generate bodhichitta is to develop loving- kindness by contemplating the delightful qualities of others. If we care for someone, we naturally find something delightful in him; that’s what draws us in. In the middle of a meadow, if we saw a mound of dirt with a single flower growing out of it, we would still be able to see the beauty of the flower. We wouldn’t think, “The flowers are beautiful except for that one, because it grew from that pile of dirt.” So rather than contemplating the shortcomings of others, we see their good qualities and generate loving-kindness toward them. Loving-kindness is associated with wanting others to enjoy happiness. What generally hinders our wanting other people to be happy are heavy emotions such as anger, jealousy, and pride, Thangkas • Singing Bowls • Rugs Jewelry • Wall Hangings • Malas Statues • Incense • Meditation Cushions Ordained Robes • Much, Much More! Website: www.tibetanspirit.com • Toll Free: 1-888 -327-2890 E-mail: