Working for the Happiness of Others
Daily Wisdom / Pema Chödrön

Working for the Happiness of Others

The quality of modesty, or humility, comes naturally when we’re attentive. When we see how reactive and unkind we can be, this humbles us considerably. Instead of causing despair, however, this painful realization can connect us with the tenderness of bodhichitta [or, awakened heart]. Modesty, or humbleness, is the opposite of armoring ourselves: it allows … Continue reading

The Ego is a Brussels Sprout
Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

The Ego is a Brussels Sprout

The key point of the mahayana approach is the commitment to dedicate yourself to helping other sentient beings. Building yourself up or perpetuating your own existence is regarded as neurosis. Instead of building yourself up, you should continue with your pursuit of helping others. Instead of being selfish, you should empty yourself. The basic definition … Continue reading