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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

thoughts on compassion from hh the dalai lama

he's just so darn cute.  gotta love this guy. 
Such an extraordinary, humble, funny and inspiring man.  Some beautiful words from HH The Dalai Lama courtesy of The Art of Happiness

“Hatred, jealousy, anger and so on are harmful.  We consider them negative states of mind because they destroy our mental happiness; once you harbor feelings of hatred or ill feeling toward someone, once you yourself are filled by hatred or negative emotions, then other people appear to you as also hostile.  So as a result there is more fear, greater inhibition and hesitation, and a sense of insecurity.  These things develop, and also loneliness in the midst of a world perceived as hostile.  All these negative feelings develop because of hatred.  On the other hand, mental states such as kindness and compassion are definitely very positive.  They are very useful…

“Well, I would regard a compassionate, warm, kindhearted person as healthy.  If you maintain of feeling of compassion, loving kindness, then something automatically opens your inner door.  Through that, you can communicate much more easily with other people.  And that feeling of warmth creates a kind of openness.  You’ll find that all human beings are just like you, so you’ll be able to relate to them more easily.  That gives you a spirit of friendship.  Then there’s less need to hide things, and as a result, feelings of fear, self-doubt, and insecurity are automatically dispelled.  Also, it creates a feeling of trust from other people…  I think that cultivating positive mental states like kindness and compassion definitely leads to better psychological health and happiness.”


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