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    We Can Only Try Our Best Paid Member

    Generating compassion does not mean actually freeing beings from their suffering; it is wishing that they be free. Of course, if there are things we can do to help, we should do them. Sometimes our efforts will work, sometimes not. The most skilled doctor is unable to cure every patient, and the most courageous rescue worker can’t save every life. No matter how strongly we may wish someone to be free from a problem, we may not be able to bring this about. We can only try our best, and then accept whatever the result may be.From Awakening the Kind Heart: How to Meditate on Compassion by Kathleen McDonald © 2010. Reprinted with permission of Wisdom Publications. More »
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    The Ultimate Bliss Paid Member

    Blissful is solitudefor one who’s content,     who has heard the Dhamma,     who sees.Blissful is non-afflictionwith regard for the world,     restraint for living beings.Blissful is dispassionwith regard for the world,     the overcoming of sensuality.But the subduing of the conceit “I am”—     That is truly     the ultimate bliss. Muccalinda Sutta, Ud 2.1., trans. Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Illustration by Roberto La Forgia More »
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    The Two Sisters Paid Member

    There is an interesting story in the Nirvana Sutra. One day a young lady of otherworldly beauty visited a rich merchant’s house. She was so attractive that the head of the house asked her if she was a heavenly being. She said she was called Heavenly Maiden of Virtue. Whoever was visited by her obtained anything he wanted, such as gold, silver, lapis lazuli, pearls, elephants, horses, servants, and so on. The rich merchant joyfully invited her into the house. After a while another woman, who was extremely ugly, thin, and poor-looking, came to the house. She wore dirty rags and looked so emaciated that here and there flesh and bone were visible. She said she was called Darkness and whoever was visited by her lost their possessions. The head of the house found her so repulsive that he told her to get out. She told him that it was silly to say that because she and the Heavenly Maiden of Virtue were sisters and that they always went together. More »
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    Planting the Seeds of Happiness Paid Member

    We spend decades of our lives wanting happiness, peace, and contentment—without sowing the causes for that aspiration. Why did we not plant the seeds of the fruition we aspire to? Buddhist logic says that if you plant a lemon seed and pray for a mango fruit, logically it won’t work. But this is what we do: we wish for happiness without planting the seeds of happiness.From a dharma talk given by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in Amsterdam, June 19, 2008. Illustration by Roberto La Forgia More »