Of course, these questions are easily answered. The heart of Buddhism is
compassion. Yes, there's definitely a path; in fact, there are many paths in Buddhism.
And no, Buddhism is not the only path with a heart, but we could safely say
that of other paths that also stress the importance of compassion, Buddhism is
probably the only one that contains detailed, time-proven methods for
Compassion is the wish for others to be free from suffering. In order for us to
develop compassion, we need first to appreciate its value. Why bother? Why be
compassionate? How does compassion help me?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said,
The actual beneficiary of the practice of compassion and caring for others is
oneself. We may have the impression that the main beneficiaries of the practice
of compassion are those on the receiving end; that the practice of compassion
is relevant only for those concerned about others and irrelevant for those who
are not, because its main benefit goes to others. This is a mistake. The
immediate benefit of practicing compassion is actually experienced by the
The practice of compassion and caring for others immediately brings us inner
strength and inner peace. Of course, compassion may also benefit others
indirectly, but what is certain is the benefit that we ourselves experience. It
is quite clear, therefore, that if we are really concerned about our own future
and the happiness of our own life, we should develop a mental attitude in which
the practice of compassion plays a central role. I sometimes jokingly tell
people that if we want to be truly selfish, then we should be wisely selfish
rather than foolishly selfish. [Illuminating the Path, "Prologue.
In other words, the way to ensure the best for ourselves is to forget about our
own happiness and completely dedicate ourselves to working for the happiness of
others. This is the way to experience the greatest possible happiness.
And, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche has also stated,
What is it that makes your life easy and free of confusion and problems? What
is the source of all happiness and peace? What brings happiness and peace into
your daily life and every happiness up to enlightenment, allowing you to bring
happiness and peace to numberless sentient beings? It's your attitude-the
unmistaken attitude with which you live your life, the attitude by which you
live your life according to its meaning, fulfilling your purpose of having been
born human. What is that best attitude that gives the most meaning to your
life? It is living with compassion, for the benefit of others. [Teachings from
the Vajrasattva Retreat, Saturday, February 13, 1999.]
As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, the purpose of our lives is to free others from
suffering and bring them happiness. Not just the temporary happiness of this
life or future lives, and not even the everlasting happiness of liberation from
cyclic existence, but the full and complete happiness of enlightenment.
Everything we do should be motivated by the determination to enlighten all
sentient beings. This attitude is called bodhicitta and cultivating bodhicitta
is what gives our lives its highest meaning. This doesn't mean not helping
others achieve happiness in this life, but whatever we do in this
regard-offering money, food, clothing, shelter, medicines, any kind of help for
this life - as well as everything else, should be motivated by bodhicitta.
However, before talking more about the heart, let us look at the path.
The path to enlightenment
When Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that the purpose of our lives is to free all
sentient beings from suffering and lead them to enlightenment, what does this
First, we need to recognize that the underlying wish we all have is to avoid
problems and suffering and find happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment. In
order to comprehend the meaning of this, we need to understand what happiness
and suffering actually are. Let's start with suffering.
The very first thing the Buddha taught after his enlightenment was the truth of
suffering. Normally we think of suffering as physical problems, such as pain,
injury, hunger, thirst, heat, cold and so forth, and mental problems, such as
sadness, depression, loss, anxiety, conflict and the like. But true suffering
is much more than this. In fact, the Buddha taught three levels of suffering,
the preceding being but the most superficial level, which he called the suffering
of suffering. Even animals recognize such experiences as suffering and, like
us, spend their entire lives trying to avoid them.
Subtler than this is the suffering of change, which is more difficult to
recognize as suffering because we label such experiences happiness. However,
they are not real happiness because they do not last, turn into the suffering
of suffering, are not experienced as happiness by all, and gaining them usually
entails the creation of negative karma, which sooner or later ripens into even
more suffering. The crazy habit of smoking tobacco is emblematic of the
suffering of change.
Consider the mind of the smoker as he (or she) reaches for his next cigarette.
By smoking it he intends to suppress the strong dissatisfaction that has arisen
in his mind. This specific type of dissatisfaction has existed only since he
started smoking-cigarettes conditioned it and continued smoking has perpetuated
it. Instead of alleviating his dissatisfaction, the cigarette he is about to
smoke will only help produce more. As he lights up and inhales, there is a
temporary fall in the level of dissatisfaction-his mind is still dissatisfied,
yet he believes he has found happiness and that the cigarette was responsible.
Even before he has finished smoking it, the dissatisfaction has begun to rise
once more. Temporarily staving it off again and again is a foolish and endless
means of trying to cope with any problem, and no solution at all.
If smoking were truly the cause of happiness, everybody would enjoy smoking,
smokers would experience increasing pleasure the more they smoked, and every
cigarette would be a source of joy. But many people hate smoking and cannot
even bear being together with smokers. Smokers themselves only get sicker and
sicker the more they smoke and many times find no pleasure at all. Therefore,
smoking is not the cause of happiness.
Because of the toxic effects of tobacco on body and mind, smoking is one of the
worst distractions for those who wish to practice meditation, but its major disadvantage
is this: the impulse to smoke arises from the negative mind that is attached to
the happiness of this life, and each time the smoker follows this negative mind
he creates the principal causes of rebirth in lower states of existence and
other heavy sufferings for many years to come. This example of smoking can be
applied to most other objects of attachment.
Most subtle is the deepest level of suffering, which is called pervasive
suffering. This is simply the mere potential to experience suffering. Even if
we are experiencing neither suffering of suffering nor suffering of change, as
long as we are susceptible to experience suffering in future, we cannot
consider ourselves to be free of it and are, therefore, in a state of
suffering. Pervasive suffering, the potential to experience suffering again, is
the result of our possessing a body and mind created by delusion and karma, the
true cause of suffering.
True happiness arises only when we free ourselves from delusion and karma. It
is the happiness of liberation from cyclic existence, the beginningless round
of death or rebirth in which we presently find ourselves. Freedom from this
round of existence is the true cessation of suffering. We get there by
following the true path.
The path that I would like to talk about is the graduated path to enlightenment
(Tib: lam-rim). The lam-rim genre of teachings was introduced to Tibet by the
great Indian scholar Dipamkara Shrijnana, who is better known as Atisha.
Arriving in Tibet
about one thousand years ago, at the request of his hosts, Atisha wrote a short
text, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, for the benefit of the Tibetan
people. In this short but seminal work, he arranged the essence of the
teachings of the Buddha in a step-like manner that makes it easy for any
individual practitioner to see the entire path to enlightenment at a glance and
to understand how to practice. That there exists such a roadmap to spiritual
perfection has always seemed to me to be the miracle of miracles.
Over the subsequent centuries, many lamas wrote commentaries to Atisha's text,
the crown jewel of these being Lama Tsong Khapa's Great Treatise on the Path to
Enlightenment. In general, the path starts by stressing the importance of
finding and correctly following a properly qualified spiritual master; devotion
to our guru is considered to be the root of the path.
Once we have found the right teacher, we need to persuade ourselves to make the
most of our life by extracting the essence of our perfect human rebirth-rebirth
as a human with eight freedoms and ten richnesses, which is greatly useful in
three ways and extremely hard to find once, let alone again. If we have the
chance to meet and practice the Dharma in this life, we must seize it with both
hands and try not to waste a precious minute of it. Basically, this means
renouncing the happiness of this life and motivating ourselves to work only for
the happiness of future lives.
Once we have persuaded ourselves to extract the essence from our perfect human
rebirth, we have to practice the path according to our level of intelligence.
Here, there are three scopes. As all Buddhists know, the Buddha taught that
there are six realms in samsara, or cyclic existence-the three lower realms and
the three upper realms. We have been circling through these six realms-the
hell, hungry ghost, animal, human, asura and sura realms-since beginningless
time, dying in one and being reborn in another, compelled by delusion and karma
to experience their unbearable sufferings over and over again.
Practitioners of least intelligence simply set their sights on avoiding lower
rebirth, and for them the Buddha taught meditations aimed at generating the
thought that renounces the happiness of this life and seeks the happiness of
future lives in cyclic existence. To accomplish these goals, we meditate on
impermanence and death, the sufferings of the three lower realms, refuge and
Practitioners of medium intelligence see the futility of being reborn anywhere
in samsara and make their own liberation their goal, meditating on not only the
topics of the lower scope but also on the general sufferings of samsara,
particularly those of the three upper realms. In order to free ourselves from
samsara, we must practice the three higher trainings of morality, concentration
and wisdom, ultimately realizing the absolute nature of our own minds,
transcending our ego and attaining the ultimate freedom of nirvana for
Practitioners of highest intelligence, however, will see even that great goal
as relatively selfish, since the result, while of some good to others, benefits
mainly ourselves. Also, in attaining it, we have not yet accomplished our
highest purpose-enlightenment. Therefore, we see individual liberation as but
another stepping stone on the way to buddhahood, and set our sights on
enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings. Thus, we make our core
practice the loving, compassionate bodhicitta, the principal cause of
The heart of the path
As I mentioned at the start, compassion brings us great benefit and it is
compassion that makes our life meaningful, but these are still somewhat selfish
reasons for practicing it. The main reason for practicing compassion is that
all our happiness comes from other sentient beings, and it is therefore our
personal responsibility to free them all from suffering and bring them every
happiness, up to and including enlightenment.
How is it that all our happiness comes from all sentient beings? Happiness
comes from positive karma; the only way we can create positive karma is by
practicing Dharma; the only way we can practice Dharma is if we're shown how.
Who shows us the Dharma and how to practice it? Only the Buddha. Buddha comes
from bodhisattva; bodhisattva comes from bodhicitta; bodhicitta comes from
great compassion; and great compassion arises in dependence upon all sentient
beings-all without exception. Therefore, all our happiness comes from each and
every sentient being.
Also, the basic cause of happiness is the practice of morality. The essence of
morality is keeping precepts, such as those of not killing, not stealing, not
engaging in sexual misconduct, not telling lies and so forth. The object of all
such precepts is other sentient beings. How could we not kill if there were no
other sentient beings? How could we not steal if there were not others to whom
objects belonged? In this way, too, does our happiness depend on other sentient
Not only does other buddhas' enlightenment come from sentient beings; obviously,
so does our own. There is no happiness higher than that of enlightenment.
Therefore, not only does our ordinary happiness come from others; so, too, does
the greatest happiness we can experience. How? Again, our enlightenment comes
from the bodhicitta we generate. Bodhicitta has as its object all sentient
beings, bar none, because bodhicitta is the determination to become enlightened
for the sole purpose of enlightening all sentient beings without exception. Not
one sentient being is omitted from this aim. We can't say, "I'm going to
become enlightened for the sake of all sentient beings except those I don't
like." That is not bodhicitta, and without bodhicitta, there's no
Therefore, bodhicitta-cherishing others more than self-is the most important
practice we can undertake. As the great bodhisattva Shantideva said in his
Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life,
The Lords of Sages, who have been contemplating for many eons, have seen this
[bodhicitta] alone as a blessing by which joy is easily increased and
immeasurable multitudes of beings are rescued.
Those who long to overcome the abundant miseries of mundane existence, those
who wish to dispel the adversities of sentient beings, and those who yearn to
experience a myriad of joys should never forsake bodhicitta.
When bodhicitta has arisen, in an instant a wretch who is bound in the prison
of the cycle of existence is called a Child of the Sugatas and becomes worthy
of reverence in the worlds of gods and humans.
Thus, in these and many other verses in the first chapter of this work, does
Shantideva extol the virtues of bodhicitta.
Echoing Shantideva, the great contemporary bodhisattva, Khunu Lama Tenzin
Gyaltsen (1984-1977), who gave teachings on A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of
Life to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said,
Once the plantain tree gives forth its fruit
It is incapable of bearing fruit again.
But even after bearing fruit, virtue influenced
By bodhicitta increases without end.
He also wrote,
The holy ones explain that the sole Dharma to be embraced
>From now until knowledge of all modes of meditation is reached
Is bodhicitta, the ground from which come forth
A hundred thousand benefits and happiness.
In fact, his book, Jewel Lamp: A Praise of Bodhicitta, contains 356 verses in
praise of this precious mind, each of which is a never-ending source of
contemplation and joy.
Thus, the heart of the Buddhist path is bodhicitta, and bodhicitta is born from
Developing compassion during the meditation session
As I said at the beginning, one of the distinguishing features of Buddhism is
its clear, time-proven method for developing compassion, without which there's
no enlightenment. And because compassion arises in response to suffering,
suffering was the first thing the Buddha taught.
We all know from our own lives that if we have had a bad experience, it is much
easier to empathize with another person who is undergoing something similar.
That's why see people who have suffered from cancer or some other disease set
up foundations to research cures for such illnesses or people whose child has
been abducted establish organizations to help others whose children have been
Therefore, if we are to develop compassion-the wish that others be free from
suffering-we must first understand the depth and breadth of our own suffering.
The way we do this is to meditate on the lam-rim, starting from the beginning.
Meditating on guru devotion gives us the confidence to place our lives in the
hands of our teacher. Meditating on the perfect human rebirth gives us the
energy we need to practice the meditations we find difficult and overcome the
obstacles that inevitably arise. Then we begin on the meditations of the lower
Meditating on impermanence and death wakes us up to the fact that we are
definitely going to die, we have no idea when, and the only thing that will
help us at that time is the Dharma we have practiced. As the Buddha said,
"It is uncertain what will come next, tomorrow or the next life."
Since we are definitely going to have a next life but cannot be sure if there's
a tomorrow in our future, we must put most of our energy into benefiting that
which certain-our next rebirth. This meditation lessens our attachment to the
happiness of this life and ensures that we practice Dharma and only Dharma,
right now. In this way, we protect ourselves.
When we die, there are only two doors open to our consciousness-that leading to
the upper realms and that leading to the lower-and it is karma that determines
the direction in which we will go. Positive karma brings upper rebirths;
negative karma brings lower rebirths. If we look honestly into our own minds,
we will find that since beginningless time we have created almost exclusively
negative karma, and very little positive. If we die with our mind in this
state, we will definitely be reborn in the lower realms, from which it is
almost impossible to escape and where we will experience unbearable suffering
for innumerable eons. This dreadful situation is the one that we and most other
sentient beings find ourselves in.
Where do we turn to save ourselves from this imminent danger? There is only one
perfect refuge-Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. There are two things that cause us to
take refuge: fear of the sufferings of samsara and complete confidence in the
power of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha to guide us from these sufferings. This fear
has three levels: fear of our own suffering in the three lower realms, fear of
our own suffering anywhere in samsara and the fear of not only our own but
others' suffering in samsara. The first two are selfish fears; the third is
based on compassion.
Once we have taken refuge for any of these reasons, our obligation is to follow
the path shown by the Buddha. This means abstaining from creating any more
negative karma, purifying that which we have already created and creating as
much positive karma as we can. By engaging in all these practices we can at
least avoid rebirth in the three lower realms. But that is not enough. As we
have seen, all of samsara, the upper realms included, is in the nature of
suffering, and until we have escaped from it completely, there's no guarantee
that we won't suffer again, especially in the lower realms.
In order to be motivated to escape from samsara, we need first to generate pure
renunciation, and for this we have to meditate on the sufferings of the three
upper realms as well. On top of this we need to develop perfect concentration
and realize the ultimate nature of our own minds. This is the path of
intermediate scope. As we meditate on the various sufferings of samsara, we
gradually come to understand how much we have been suffering since
beginningless time. More importantly, however, we also come to understand how
much suffering other sentient beings are undergoing even now. When we see how
we have met the Dharma and can guide ourselves from suffering while others do
not have this advantage, we will begin to feel a responsibility to share with
others whatever wisdom we have gained. This compassionate feeling needs to be
On the basis of a deep understanding of the vast, incredible sufferings of
samsara, compassion is developed mainly on the path of greatest scope, which is
that followed by those intent upon attaining enlightenment for the sake of all
sentient beings. There are various techniques for the development of
compassion, such as the seven-fold cause and effect meditation, exchanging self
for others and a combination of these methods. Perhaps I will just mention here
The seven-fold cause and effect meditation consists of six causes and one
effect, but before we begin to practice it, we need to develop equanimity, that
is, seeing all sentient beings as equal. Normally, we discriminate sentient
beings as friend, enemy and stranger, according to what they do for us: help,
harm or neither. However, these distinctions are based on a ridiculously narrow
view of our relationships with others, usually certain brief experiences of
this life alone. When we take the infinite perspective of beginningless time,
we see that all sentient beings are equal in having been friend, enemy and
stranger and that it always changes. Also, all sentient beings equally seek to
find happiness and avoid suffering, so it is quite illogical to help friends
with attachment, harm enemies with hatred, and simply ignore strangers. There
are, of course, many details to this meditation, but the result is that we will
develop a much more even, realistic view of others. On this basis we develop
great compassion-impartial compassion that holds each and every sentient being
The first of the six causes is to see that all sentient beings have been our
mother. Because all sentient beings' previous lives are beginningless and
because of constantly changing karma, all beings have had every possible
relationship with each other countless times each. We focus on their having
been our mother because in general, of all the beings in our life, our mother
is the one who has been the most kind.
Next we recall the kindness of the mother in, for example, giving us our body,
guiding us from danger, giving us our temporal needs and educating us in the
ways of the world.
Third we meditate on repaying sentient beings' kindness-not in just a temporal
sense, but in the highest possible way. Since sentient beings give us
enlightenment, we must repay them by leading them to this exalted state.
Fourth, feeling warmth and closeness with all beings, we generate great love,
wanting them to be happy. The fifth cause we generate is great compassion,
wanting all sentient beings to be free from suffering.
Sixth, we generate the extraordinary intention, taking personal responsibility
for the happiness and enlightenment of all sentient beings. However, when we
look at ourselves to see if we are actually capable of doing this, we see that
we are not. Only a buddha can enlighten others, so if we really want to do
this, we must first become enlightened ourselves.
Thus, these six causes lead to the result-bodhicitta, the determination to
attain enlightenment for the sole purpose of enlightening all sentient beings.
Developing compassion in daily life
It is all well and good to meditate on compassion in formal sessions-in fact it
is extremely essential to do so-but how much time do most of us have to do
this? Probably not much. We would more than likely consider ourselves lucky if
we could do an hour's formal meditation a day. What about the other
twenty-three? Therefore, we need some techniques for generating bodhicitta in
our daily life.
As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says,
Live with compassion.
Work with compassion.
Die with compassion.
Meditate with compassion.
Enjoy with compassion.
When problems come, experience them with compassion.
In other words, we need to develop the mindfulness of doing everything we do
with bodhicitta. We must train our minds to remember bodhicitta all the time.
When we get up in the morning, we should think, "How lucky I am to have
survived the night. How many people around the world did not? I must make this
life, this year, and particularly this day as useful as possible. How should I
do this? By using my precious time to create the cause of enlightenment, the
greatest possible happiness of myself and others. Therefore, I dedicate
everything I do today to the enlightenment of all sentient beings." Then,
of course, we must make sure that our actions during the day are in harmony
with this aim.
When we shower, we can think something like, "It looks like I'm washing
the dirt from my body, but actually I am cleaning the delusions from the minds
of all sentient beings," and visualize that as the water runs off our body
down the drain, our greed, ignorance and hatred go with it.
When we have our breakfast we can think, "The purpose of my life is to
free all sentient beings from suffering and lead them to enlightenment. In
order to do this I must have a long and healthy life. Therefore, I am eating
this food to sustain my body for the practice of Dharma for the sake of all
As we go out the door, we can think, "I am leading all sentient beings out
of samsara into the enlightened realm."
I think you get the idea. We must be creative and use or individual experiences
and lives to generate bodhicitta at every possible moment.
However, we must not leave our practice of compassion at the mental, meditative
level. We must also put it onto action. In this world of suffering, there are
countless ways in which we can offer direct help to others. We can give our
time and attention to the sick and needy, feed the hungry, sit with the dying,
offer money to the poor and shelter to the homeless. His Holiness the Dalai
Lama has often said that in this regard, Buddhists should take a leaf out of
the Christian book and build more schools and hospitals, and not confine our
practice of compassion to the temple or the meditation room.
Personally, although I was trained and practiced for some years as a doctor, I
have tried to express the miniscule compassion I feel for others by spreading
the Dharma. After my first meditation course, just over thirty years ago, I
went to my precious teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and said, "Rinpoche, I
understand intellectually that I want to reach enlightenment in order to
alleviate the suffering of sentient beings, but when I say the words, I feel
such a hypocrite, because in my heart, I know I am mainly concerned for my own
happiness." Rinpoche laughed and said, "Well, it has to start with
the words. But as you repeat the words, study Dharma and think of the meaning,
slowly, slowly the true feelings of genuine compassion will come." I think
I'm still waiting!
Nevertheless, I understood from the Dharma I'd heard that while it would be
good to devote myself to healing the sick as a physician, this would never put
a permanent end to disease. Even if I were to cure every sick person today,
tomorrow, people would fall ill once again. The only way to eliminate disease
is to eliminate negative karma, and people have to do this for themselves.
Therefore, as a means of helping others escape from suffering, I decided to
devote myself to spreading the Dharma, which is the only method I have
encountered for eradicating the cause of not only disease, but all suffering,
and not just temporarily but forever. Since I'm too ignorant to teach, I spend
my time editing and publishing Dharma books, most recently, working on the
teachings of my own teachers, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, making them
available around the world for free distribution.
To reach enlightenment and benefit the precious mother sentient beings in the
highest possible way, we need to gain all the realizations of the path to
enlightenment. We do this by meditating on the path, but for our meditations to
be effective, we must purify and enrich our minds, so that insight can take
root, flourish and ripen. If we make bodhicitta our main practice, we will be
creating the most merit and purifying our minds to the greatest extent. Thus,
we will quickly be able to gain all realizations and enlighten all the kind, suffering
sentient beings, fulfilling their purpose and our own. This is why the Buddha
taught, and if we practice in this way, we will also be doing what the Buddha
wanted us to do.
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