The pursuit of happiness is at the heart of the American identity. The Buddhist understanding of interconnectedness of all living beings offers a fresh perspective. Meditations on universal love and compassion offer a practical way to connect with virtue and find real happiness within. Meditation can help us to more fully embody the noble ideas that we celebrate at this time of year.
As Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says, “we need others for our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Without others we are nothing. Our sense that we are an island, an independent, self-sufficient individual, bears no relation to reality. It is closer to the truth to picture ourself as a cell in the vast body oflife, distinct yet intimately bound up will all living beings. We cannot exist without others, and they in turn are affected by everything we do. The idea that it is possible to secure our own welfare while neglecting that of others, or even at the expense of others, is completely unrealistic.”
– How to Transform Your Life p 126 Download this FREE e-book here
Join us in this dedication prayer:
“May everyone who is sick
Be swiftly healed,
And may every disease that affects living beings
Be permanently eradicated.
May the frightened be released from their fears,
May those in captivity be freed,
May the powerless be endowed with power,
And may people think only of benefiting one another”
– Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life