Dalai Lama on Equalising

Dalai Lama on Equalising

How would the military with its ladder from lowest to highest ranking individuals work then?  How would the boss be the boss? Changing the way we have been conditioned to think is not easy.  But for some, the reward is worth the effort.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people teaches the practice of exchanging and equalizing oneself with others brings one into an awareness that not only increases compassion but also leads to liberation.  

He says that this method of putting yourself on equal grounds with others helps transform the mind. However, according to the incarnate Master, embodiment of Avalokiteshvara's full loving concern for all sentient beings, equanimity must be understood in order to begin this method.

He, who insists he is a simple monk,  explains, "Here, equanimity is understood as the fundamental equality of all beings, in the sense that just as you have the spontaneous wish to be happy and overcome suffering, so does every single other being, in equal measure.

"So, before we begin the practice of equalizing ourselves with others, we must accept that we are all share this fundamental equality.  

Once this is grasped, His Holiness says, "Now we try to probe deeper to understand what this aspiration to be free of suffering really implies.  It does not arise from a sense of self-importance, or self-congratulation; such considerations simply do not play any role here at all. This basic aspiration arises in us simply by virtue of the fact that we are conscious living beings. 

Together with this aspiration comes a conviction that I, as an individual, have a legitimate right to fulfill my aspiration."

Understanding our own right to be free of suffering and our choice to work towards achieving that goal, we will begin to accept the common link we share with others.

For example, the ever-smiling lama-no matter what difficulties he faces in life-notes   "If we accept this, then we can relate the same principle to others and we will realize that everyone else shares this basic aspiration too. 

Therefore, if I as an individual have the right to fulfill my aspiration, then others, too, have equal right to fulfill theirs.  It is on these grounds that one has to recognize the fundamental equality of all beings.

Obviously, doing this practice means the practitioner must cast aside negativity and lethargy.  It also means that inflated and egoistic perceptions of the personality must be discarded.  Each step towards liberation must be taken humbly, according to the Master.