Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Door to Satisfaction

The Door to Satisfaction
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche


If you neglect to protect your mind, you can neither close the door to suffering nor open the door to happiness.

When you are cherishing yourself, thinking only of yourself—”How can I be happy? How can I be free of problems?”—there is no happiness in your heart, only worry and fear. You see only problems, and your mind is not relaxed. But in the next moment, when you change your object of concern to another sentient being—even if it is only one other sentient being—suddenly your heart is released from self-cherishing, like limbs released from chains.

Just like you, all these (sentient) beings want happiness and do not want suffering. There is nothing more important in your life than working for sentient beings, pacifying their suffering and giving them happiness. There is nothing more important than this. Anything other than living your life for other sentient beings is meaningless, empty.

Living your life for others, cherishing them with lovingkindness and compassion, is the door to happiness, the door to enlightenment.

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