Posted by: Upāsaka | 12/21/2016

Unbounded Heart

Given their equal wish and right to happiness, it would be inappropriate priate if we helped some beings with a partial mind. For example, if ten beggars come to our door, hungry and thirsty, all hoping that we will give them something to eat and drink, it would not be at all right if we were to be attached to some and averse to others. They are equal in their hunger and thirst, equal in wanting food and drink, and equal in hoping that we will help. Therefore, attachment and aversion are totally inappropriate. On a practical level, it is not possible to help everyone equally. There are those we can help directly: some through our actions, others through our speech. Those that we cannot help directly we can help with our thoughts and prayers. However, on an internal level, we can cultivate the attitude that regards all of them equally and would like to be able to help them all equally.

~ Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage

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