A Truthful Heart: Buddhist Practices for Connecting with by Jeffrey Hopkins

By Jeffrey Hopkins

The Dalai Lama frequently says, Kindness is society. His former translator, Jeffrey Hopkins, writes that by way of studying to dwell from a extra compassionate perspective, we will be able to create a greater lifestyles not just for ourselves yet for everybody. In A honest middle, Hopkins makes use of Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama's favorite), visualizations, and unique memories from his own trip to lead us in constructing an knowledge of the potential for romance inside of us and studying to undertaking that love into the realm round us. providing a effective message with the facility to alter our relations and increase the standard of our lives, A fair middle is definitely the right e-book for an age during which our dealings with one another look more and more impersonal--and even violent and competitive. someone looking liberate from anger and damage, or just eager to bring up the affection and being concerned between us, will welcome this well timed imaginative and prescient for humanity.

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Adjusting your motivation before practice ensures that it will be much more powerful, more effective. Dedication at the end of practice ensures that its impact will not be lost.

However, there is a particular sitting posture that, over the long run, can give a boost to the focus and staying power of meditative sessions. This posture has seven features: 1. Sit on a comfortable cushion in either the lotus or the halflotus posture, as they are sometimes called. In Tibet, they are called the vajra posture and the half-vajra posture. Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning diamond, or diamond scepter, something unbreakable; the vajra posture is solid, indestructible. Though one can meditate in any posture at all, this specific sitting posture is recommended because of the heaviness of our afflictive emotions, including our tendency toward drowsiness; it is hard for the mind to be fully present when one is lying down, for example.

Developing a determination to reciprocate kindness Chapter 12 5. Meditating three levels of love Chapter 13 6. An overview of the three levels of compassion, described in the next three chapters, as well as enhancement by wisdom, described in the final chapter: Chapter 14 F Cultivating compassion seeing suffering beings through contemplating the example of a bucket battered in a well Chapter 15 F Cultivating compassion seeing evanescent beings through contemplating the example of the reflection of the moon in a rippling lake Chapter 16 F Cultivating compassion seeing empty beings through contemplating the example of the reflection of the moon in a calm lake Chapter 17 F Compassion and wisdom affecting each other meditation 41 These chapters present techniques for gradually generating heartfelt compassion by removing obstacles and opening the mind to the sensibleness of care and concern for others.

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