An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

COMPASSION--SYMPATHY FOR THE soreness of others and the will to loose them from it--is wrestled with in all religious traditions. but how does one really turn into a compassionate individual? What are the mechanisms through which a egocentric center is remodeled right into a beneficiant middle?
When His Holiness the Dalai Lama got here to manhattan urban in 1999, he spoke easily and powerfully at the daily Buddhist perform of compassion. Weaving jointly the contents of 3 sacred texts-- one through the eighth-century Indian grasp Kamalashila, one other by means of the fourteenth-century Tibetan Togmay Sangpo, and a 3rd by means of the eleventh-century sage Langri Tangpa--His Holiness confirmed that the trail to compassion is a chain of meditations. An Open middle lays out this process meditation, from the easiest to the main not easy, describing the psychological education innovations that might allow somebody of any religion to alter their minds and open their hearts. during this ebook the trail starts with easy and transparent ruminations at the merits of a virtuous lifestyles and strikes directly to practices which may mood harmful and impulsive feelings. Such practices should be undertaken at abnormal moments of the day, instantly reworking the aimless or apprehensive brain right into a disciplined and open brain. steadily, the booklet introduces the tougher and sustained meditation practices. In those meditations the private and so much profound insights of Buddhist perform turn into a part of one's method of understanding and experiencing the realm.
An Open center is a transparent and straightforward advent to the Buddhist route to enlightenment, by way of its maximum instructor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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How do you let go of a separate sense of self, limited by fear, to experience an expansive “field” of being? The answer is you begin where you are. You’re the only one who can plant the seed of mindful self-esteem. By starting where you are, you can look inside to your unfolding process. You can get your judgmental thoughts out of the way, get into the present moment, and find that the person you’ve been looking for has been there all along. Waking up and loving yourself and others with intention is tending the seeds for mindful self-esteem!

Many of the teachings and practices in this book have also been inspired by influential teachers of the mindfulness community, including Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Phillip Moffitt, Tara Brach, and Gil Fronsdal. Additional influences include Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Saki Santorelli, and Ronald Siegel. The perspectives of world-renowned masters, including Vietnamese Buddhist monk and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, bring a sense of poetry and the ineffable, as well as the clearest expressions of the heart of mindfulness teachings.

We strive to lock in a permanent stamp of approval. But when we deny certain parts of ourselves, it means we’re not 100 percent available to ourselves or those we care about. When we constantly defend against failure and disapproval, it’s as if we’re carrying a heavy protective shell, unable to move about freely and do many things that are important to us in life. When you learn to embrace all parts of yourself—accept yourself unconditionally—your inherent worth comes to the surface. You’re open and, unburdened by your heavy defenses, you’re able to truly be there for yourself and others.

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