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Compassion

 

Compassion is the wish for all people, including you, to be free from suffering and its causes.

 

1.      Remember a time when your mind was filled with fear and aggression. Imagine it becoming your entire reality, so that it manifests as your body and environment. Think that others are experiencing that right now and develop compassion for them, wishing them to be free from that suffering.

 

2.      Remember a time when craving and dissatisfaction overwhelmed your mind such that you ran everywhere searching for happiness, but unable to enjoy what you had, wanted more. Imagine it becoming so intense that it becomes your body and environment. Think that others are experiencing that right now and develop compassion for them, wishing them to be free from that suffering.

 

3.      Remember a time when your mind was clouded with deep ignorance and confusion such that you could not think clearly or use your wisdom. Imagine it becoming so intense that it becomes your body and environment. Think that others are experiencing that right now and develop compassion for them, wishing them to be free from that suffering.

 

4.      Reflect on the sufferings of human beings that you contemplated previously. Think that others are experiencing those right now and develop compassion for them, wishing them to be free from that suffering.

 

5.      Remember a time when your mind was so saturated with pleasure that you became completely self-absorbed. Distracted by the pleasure, you could not focus your mind on anything meaningful and could not open your heart to others. Imagine it becoming so intense that it becomes your body and environment. Think that others are experiencing that right now and develop compassion for them, wishing them to be free from that suffering.

 

Conclusion: Rest your mind single-pointedly in feeling compassion for all people.

To complete the accumulation of positive potential and the accumulation of wisdom that is needed to attain freedom, we practice these attitudes—generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom—they blossom into fullest expression—when they are motivated and held by the wish to benefit every other person on earth.

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