one direction of the world,
likewise the second, likewise the third, likewise the fourth,
and so above, below, around and
everywhere, and to all as to himself;
one abides suffusing the entire universe with loving-kindness,
with a mind grown great, lofty, boundless and
free from enmity and ill will.
our highest duty as human beings is to search out a means whereby beings may be freed from all kinds of sufferings or unsatisfactory experience (duhkha). all living beings desire comfort and happiness and shun sufferings. moreover, this desire for happiness is not only found in the man of learning and intelligence but. among all creatures in the world, even the most insignificant. weather yourselves, myself, or beings in the animal world, all wish alike for the increase of pleasure and the diminution of pain.
Institutio Raiz FBMT, Bodhgaya, India - Root Institute for Wisdom Culture
Tuesday, January 29th 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: A Buddha statue is silhouetted by the sun.
Photograph: Heng Sinith/AP
From what is loved, grief is born, from what is loved, fear is born.
For someone freed from what is loved, there is no grief, so why fear?
From delight, grief is born, from delight, fear is born. For someone freed from delight there is no grief, so why fear?
From sensuality, grief is born, from sensuality, fear is born. For someone freed from sensuality there is no grief, so why fear?
From craving, grief is born, from craving, fear is born. For someone freed from craving there is no grief so why fear?
Sogyal Rinpoche, from ”Glimpse of the Day”
It is said that the awareness of a Buddha is completely even, like the ocean, taking in equally the joys and sorrows of all people, friends, loved ones, relatives, and those never met. This is the meaning of a statement made by so many of the world’s great spiritual teachers, “Love your enemy.” It doesn’t mean love the person you hate. You can’t do that. Love those who hate you.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche