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

terryboxing
  • No tags were found...

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

COMPASSION: THE WISH-FULFILLING JEWEL 197THE STORY OF TONGLENAND THE POWER OF COMPASSIONMy students often come to me and ask: "My friend's or myrelative's suffering is disturbing me very much, and I reallywant to help. But I find I cannot feel enough love actually tobe able to help. The compassion I want to show is blocked.What can I do?" Haven't all of us surely known the sad frustrationof not being able to find in our hearts enough love andcompassion for the people who are suffering around us, andso not enough strength to help them?One of the great qualities of the Buddhist tradition is itsdevelopment of an array of practices that can really help you insituations like this, that can truly nourish you and fill you withthe power and the joyful resourcefulness and enthusiasm thatwill enable you to purify your mind and unblock your heart, sothat the healing energies of wisdom and compassion can playupon and transform the situation you find yourself in.Of all the practices I know, the practice of Tonglen, which inTibetan means "giving and receiving," is one of the most usefuland powerful. When you feel yourself locked in uponyourself, Tonglen opens you to the truth of the suffering ofothers; when your heart is blocked, it destroys those forcesthat are obstructing it; and when you feel estranged from theperson who is in pain before you, or bitter or despairing, ithelps you to find within yourself and then to reveal the loving,expansive radiance of your own true nature. No otherpractice I know is as effective in destroying the self-grasping,self-cherishing, and self-absorption of the ego, which is theroot of all our suffering and the root of all hard-heartedness.One of the greatest masters of Tonglen in Tibet was GesheChekhawa, who lived in the twelfth century. He wasextremely learned and accomplished in many different formsof meditation. One day when he happened to be in histeacher's room, he came across a book lying open at the followinglines:Give all profit and gain to others,Take all loss and defeat on yourselfThe vast and almost unimaginable compassion of theselines astounded him, and he set out to find the master whohad written them. One day on his journey he met a leper,who told him that this master had died. But Geshe Chekhawa

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines