Analysing circumstances

One of Dalai Lama’s  favourite prayers is:For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain Until then may I too abide To dispel the misery of the world.

When I recognised that suffering comes in waves and there is no way of avoiding it, I learned how to live. I had to adjust to ups and downs by thinking differently and learning to subdue the negative emotions that accompanied my bouts of misery.

His Holiness said, “Through Buddhist training one develops an understanding of different levels of suffering. We also accept the theory of karma, or action and its causes and results, and that is also useful to lessen mental suffering. When things have already happened, there is no use to worry. If we do our best, with sincere motivation, we feel very good if we have success, but if we don’t there is no regret. This kind of analytical attitude helps a lot.”

As a child I analysed and compared,  measuring my success  by how my friends fared.  In school when they scored high, and I did not, I deduced a reason for this— not my lack of enthusiasm.  I loved school and I loved learning.  When I took a deep look at the facts, I saw that tests were only a measure of  memory power.

“In Buddhism, we believe in life after death and the theory of karma, the law of action and its defects,” the embodiment of Tibet teaches. These beliefs contribute to a kind of equanimity toward your development and acceptance of things as they unfold.

This may seem too simple, but speaking from a Buddhist point of view, as a monk, all of these problems between peoples and nations can be attributed to a lack of altruism, compassion, sense of responsibility, or genuine sense of brotherhood and sisterhood.  When you consider one thing superior, whenever the opportunity is there, you’ll exploit the thing you consider inferior.”

I do not want to put  myself above or below others. The important thing is: We are  evolving, we are moving at different speeds.  By analysing the various troubles I encounter, I see them for what they are—forms of difficulties we all face. 

Practising the teachings of the Dalai Lama I have learned to forgive myself and to be compassionate towards myself. Without taking care of myself financially, for example, I would hardly have money to share with others. 

The god king of Tibet said, “Through education, media, family life, and other means, we must introduce and bring to deeper awareness—if not for our present generation, for the future generations —the necessity of this altruistic mind and attitude. Pain is unfortunate, but sometimes can be an important factor to help people wake up, to realise that something is wrong.”

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