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REFLECTION AND CHANGE 39contrary, it can open up in us a warm humor, a soft, strongcompassion we hardly knew we possessed, and so more andmore generosity toward all things and beings. The greatTibetan saint Milarepa said: "Seeing emptiness, have compassion."When through contemplation we really have seen theemptiness and interdependence of all things and ourselves,the world is revealed in a brighter, fresher, more sparklinglight as the infinitely reflecting net of jewels that Buddhaspoke of. We no longer have to protect ourselves or pretend,and it becomes increasingly easy to do what one Tibetanmaster has advised:Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachmentand aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Beloving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. Whatthey will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream.The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is theessential point This is true spirituality 10True spirituality also is to be aware that if we are interdependentwith everything and everyone else, even our smallest,least significant thought, word, and action have real consequencesthroughout the universe. Throw a pebble into a pond.It sends a shiver across the surface of the water. Ripples mergeinto one another and create new ones. Everything is inextricablyinterrelated: We come to realize we are responsible foreverything we do, say, or think, responsible in fact for ourselves,everyone and everything else, and the entire universe.The Dalai Lama has said:In today's highly interdependent world, individuals and nations canno longer resolve many of their problems by themselves. We needone another. We must therefore develop a sense of universalresponsibility... It is our collective and individual responsibility toprotect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members,and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we alllive. 11THE CHANGELESSImpermanence has already revealed to us many truths, butit has a final treasure still in its keeping, one that lies largelyhidden from us, unsuspected and unrecognized, yet most intimatelyour own.

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