Live in Joy, Peace and Love

compassionate lifeCompassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the needs of the other. – The Compassionate Life, Ch. 2  How to Develop Compassion p. 21

Live in Joy

– from the Dhammapada, Words of the Buddha

Live in Joy, In love,
Even among those who hate.

Live in joy, In health,
Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy, In peace,
Even among the troubled.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

There is no fire like greed,
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger of heart,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.

Health, contentment and trust
Are your greatest possessions,
And freedom your greatest joy.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries

We humans have existed in our present form for about a hundred thousand years. I believe that if during this time the human mind had been primarily controlled by anger and hatred, our overall population would have decreased. But today, despite all our wars, we find that the human population is greater than ever. This clearly indicates to me that love and compassion predominate in the world. And this is why unpleasant events are “news”; compassionate activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken for granted and , therefore, largely ignored.

True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Life lesson: The chapter on religious pluralism is especially important. Faith, tolerance and listening are important. Though Buddhist, the Dalia Lama is not advocating abandoning your own religion, but rather compassion as the underlying principle of all religions.

Discussion:

Do you ever read inspiring books more than once?

I  found that I needed to read The Compassionate Life again and rather than donating it I’m choosing to keep it because I sense I will need to read it for a thrid time.

15 thoughts on “Live in Joy, Peace and Love

    • Hi sprigblossoms,
      I do feel sad but I’m also relieved that my mom will no longer feel pain. Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them very much.

  1. It takes a big heart to have compassion without attachment, reason, and diligence as well. We all need support and inspiration on our journey to a more compassionate heart. I greatly appreciate the words of wisdom and encouragement you have provided here. Yes, I think I would read this book many times. I’ve been finding myself doing that with some of my key books these days.

    Love this new blog look! So dazzling and creative. I’ve been playing with this theme too and chose the one column layout.

    Sending you love and peace in this season.

      • Hi Sandra,
        Thanks so much for your kindness. I’m feeling quite emotional right now and need some time to create some balance. I have scheduled some posts for this blog so that will provide me with a little break.
        Love,
        TiTi

  2. My mother passed away early yesterday morning. I am in mourning and not dealing with any blogging issues for the next short while. Thanks, in advance, for understanding that I must be with family at this time.

  3. Hi Timethief,

    I liked your post. I agree with you that compassion is required regardless of how we feel for other person or what other person has done to us. We instinctively reach out for the person who is in pain. But it is something momentary and when the person has recovered, he do not need compassion then he needs his own space, respect and freedom to express himself in what ever way he deems right. The person whom you have shown compassion may later show contempt and derision towards you. So compassion is needed when there is need for compassion, not all the time and for all people.

    One more thing, the increase in population is not due to compassion. No amount of compassion can save a child dying of malaria or cancer. It’s the technological advance made in field of medicine and gynecology that has increased the population. Earlier people use to have 16 and 18 kids out of those 10 died due to illness and malnutrition.

    So understand the true value of compassion and realize that it can not solve all problems of people as you are trying to explain. Just look at your system of justice, how much compassion there is and how many innocent men and women are serving their terms for the crime they never committed.

    Teach these cold state machinery to have some compassion not ordinary folks.

    • @yogendra698
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and wise comment. I do appreciate it and I regret that I am not in a position to discuss this further with you. I am faced with “impermanence” as my mother has just passed on and I have company arriving in less than an hour’s time.

  4. A timely and thoughtful post. If only these thoughts could reach the right people at the right time. Unfortunately, greed has a stronghold on America right now. The people fighting to obtain power and money have unfortunately closed their hearts to compassion for the less fortunate.

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