The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

COMPASSION: THE WISH-FULFILLING JEWEL 193ordinary mind and actions are defined, narrowed, and darkenedby it, how almost impossible it makes it for us touncover the heart of unconditional love, and how it hasblocked in us all sources of real love and real compassion, thenthere comes a moment when we understand, with extremeand poignant clarity, what Shantideva said:If all the harmsFears and sufferings in the worldArise from self-grasping,What need have I for such a great evil spirit?and a resolution is bom in us to destroy that evil spirit, ourgreatest enemy. With that evil spirit dead, the cause of all oursuffering will be removed, and our true nature, in all its spaciousnessand dynamic generosity, will shine out.You can have no greater ally in this war against your greatestenemy, your own self-grasping and self-cherishing, than thepractice of compassion. It is compassion, dedicating ourselvesto others, taking on their suffering instead of cherishing ourselves,that hand in hand with the wisdom that realizes egolessnessdestroys most effectively and most completely thatancient attachment to a false self that has been the cause ofour endless wandering in samsara. That is why in our traditionwe see compassion as the source and essence of enlightenment,and the heart of enlightened activity. As Shantidevasays:What need is there to say more?The childish work for their own benefit,The buddhas work for the benefit of others.just look at the difference between them.If I do not exchange my happinessFor the suffering of others,I shall not attain the state of buddhahoodAnd even in samsara I shall have no real joy 2To realize what I call the wisdom of compassion is to seewith complete clarity its benefits, as well as the damage thatits opposite has done to us. We need to make a very clear distinctionbetween what is in our ego's self-interest and what is inour ultimate interest; it is from mistaking one for the other thatall our suffering comes. We go on stubbornly believing that

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