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Practicing Compassion For Self and Others

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The six perceptions or paramitas that serve as a guide to developing moral character.

The six perceptions or paramitas that serve as a guide to developing moral character.

Another evening was spent at Layla Guesthouse for meditation last evening. Again, there were new people showing up to take part in the experience. Some were familiar with Buddhist meditation but most were not. The teacher or guide for these Tuesday evenings has the same Tibetan Buddhist background as I do, one that is grounded in Buddhist Dharma. He is presenting some Dharma at each session while also teaching Mindfulness Meditation practices, hoping I would imagine to meet all expectations somewhere in the middle. Somehow I think that one can do this without actually naming concepts and sources as Buddhist as what is there in Dharma is very understandable from an ordinary perspective without Buddhist trappings. That said, I was very appreciative of having some real Dharma as part of the evening’s meditation experience.

The Dharma for the evening focused on the paramitas that were spoken about as ways that one can strive to become better people in an attempt to also give back to the societies and communities we all live in. Again and again as I listened, Jungian psychology, humanism, and simply just being good people reaching out to help others suffer less. I guess in the end, that is what most of us want – a life with less personal suffering and the peace and happiness that comes from relieving the suffering of others. There was one quote from the Dalai Lama that summed up well the focus for the evening:

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”


Written by Robert G. Longpré

February 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

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