Saturday, May 7, 2011

On true happiness........

     "True happiness comes not from a limited concern for one's own well-being, or that of those one feels close to, but from developing love and compassion for all sentient beings. Here, love means wishing that all sentient beings should find happiness, and compassion means wishing that they should all be free of suffering. The development of this attitude gives rise to a sense of openness and trust that provides the basis for peace.
    "When we demand the rights and freedoms we so cherish, we should also be aware of our human responsibilities.  If we accept that others have an equal right to peace and happiness as ourselves, have we not a responsibility to do what we can to help those in need and at least avoid harming them?  Closing our eyes to our neighbors suffering in order to better enjoy our own freedom and good fortune is a rejection of such responsibilities."

-The Dalai Lama:  as excerpted from A Policy of Kindness

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