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Lions Roar : Nov 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2007 20 reason: we’re all thinking of “me,” because we mistakenly believe that it will bring success and happiness. As we generate com- passion, we can keep this in mind, but not with a sense of one- upmanship, as in, “I see you doing it, too.” Genuine compassion is not demeaning to others. There’s an element of letting go. Specifically wishing happiness for people we don’t like can make them easier to deal with. As we work our way through a list of ten people we are angry with, we will find it becoming easier to forgive. We can use the strength of mind we’ve built through practice to let go of negative elements instead of being used by them. We begin to see the transparent quality of our grudges. We may feel compassion in just our heart or mind, but this practice transforms our whole body, putting us in tune with the nature of things. That nature is selflessness. When we solidify thoughts, feelings, memories, projections, assumptions, and opinions into a solid “self,” we are butting our head against real- ity. This tension creates discursiveness, which inflames the emo- tions, which leads to suffering. When we respond to situations with compassion, wisdom arises and cuts through the habitual pattern of selfhood. Our infatuation with “me” becomes a little less compelling. Love means that we want others to experience happiness. Compassion means that we wish for them not to suffer. If we extend ourselves to others with this attitude, our life will be suc- cessful in both a spiritual and a worldly way. Learning to balance the worldly with the spiritual has nothing to do with vocation and everything to do with intention. Some may consider this approach unrealistic, but in fact it is the most expedient, smooth, and practical way to run one’s life. Our ability to relax into the bigger mind of compassion cre- ates space. It gives us the ability to see the magic in the world, because we are no longer blind with self-interest. Conversely, the environment becomes infiltrated by our strength, and we begin to attract what we need—even on a material level—to extend ourselves further. An economy based upon compassion does not self-destruct. Because it binds with love, it is stable and long- lasting and brings benefit to all. Considering others is the basis of success, spiritual or worldly. This is the secret that we don’t learn in school. ♦ SAKYONG MIPHAM RINPOCHE is the spiritual leader of Shambhala International, a network of Buddhist meditation and retreat centers. He is the author of Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org • P.O. Box 57 • Boonsboro, MD 21713 We donate a portion of our profits to support Tibetan Buddhist nuns and monks. When we respond to situations with compassion, our infatuation with “me” becomes a little less compelling. NOV 18-39.indd 20 NOV 18-39.indd 20 8/29/07 2:05:34 PM 8/29/07 2:05:34 PM