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Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind, and for
the environment in which we live. . . . We must seek to
lessen the suffering of others. Rather than working solely
to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful,
something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity
as a whole. To do this, you need to recognize that the whole
world is part of you. —from How to Be Compassionate The
surest path to true happiness lies in being intimately
concerned with the welfare of others. Or, as His Holiness
the Dalai Lama would say, in compassion. In How to Be
Compassionate, His Holiness reveals basic mistakes of
attitude that lead us to inner turmoil, and how we can
correct them to achieve a better tomorrow.
He demonstrates precisely how opening our hearts and minds
to other people is the best way to overcome the misguided
ideas that are at the root of all our problems. He shows us
how compassion can be a continuous wellspring of happiness
in our own lives and how our newfound happiness can extend
outward from us in ever wider and wider circles. As we
become more compassionate human beings, our friends, family,
neighbors, loved ones—and even our enemies—will find
themselves less frequently in the thrall of destructive
emotions like anger, jealousy, and fear, prompting them to
become more warmhearted, kind, and harmonious forces within
their own circles. With simple language and startling
clarity, His Holiness makes evident as never before that the
path to global harmony begins in the hearts of individual
women and men.
Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the
Dalai Lama’s experiences as a student, thinker, political
leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, How to Be
Compassionate gives seekers of all faiths the keys to
overcoming anger, hatred, and selfishness— the primary
obstacles to happiness—and to becoming agents of positive
transformation in our communities and the world at large.
1 comment posted.
Re: How To Be Compassionate
I am fairly widely read (comparative religion is an interest
of mine) and have attended talks by His Holiness. The book
captures his wise simplicity with a slant that includes very
good advice for non-Buddhists as well.
(Diana Troldahl 10:14am March 19, 2012)
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