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Loving Kindness & Compassion February 27, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, Happiness, Spirit & Ego.
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The WordPress Theme of the day is Random Acts of Kindness which raises the question: Why be kind? 

Why practice loving kindness and compassion? 

* To gain brownie points with acquaintances? 
* To earn a seat in heaven? 
* To please God? 
* To honor Buddha?
* To create good karma for this (or the next) life? 

It’s even simpler than that . . .

Being kind makes us happy.  Right here.  Right now. 

Eight Steps To Happiness

The sacred art of developing love and compassion using the ancient eight verse Buddhist poem called “Eight Verses of Training the Mind” is addressed in Eight Steps To Happiness

This immensely practical book charts a complete path of spiritual development.

As a commentary to one of Buddhism’s best-loved and most enduring teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa, it explains how to transform every moment of our life into a step on the path to inner peace, and in particular how to transform all of life’s difficulties into truly liberating experiences.

Geshe Kelsang shows how all our problems originate from a deeply ingrained tendency to cherish oneself more than others. He explains simple methods to eradicate this stultifying perspective and replace it with a genuine wish to cherish others – the source of all goodness and happiness in this world.

This ancient poem illustrates: (1) how to grow in loving kindness, gratitude and humility, (2) the danger of selfish intentions, and (3) how to practice understanding and compassion.

Kindness Echoes

If we want to transform adversity, reduce suffering, and gain understanding, we must practice compassion.

If we want to establish harmony with the environment and those around us, we must practice compassion.

If we want to develop inner peace and happiness, we must practice compassion.

Whether we have 5 minutes or 5 hours, we can be the change we wish to see in the world . . . transforming ripples of loving kindness into tidal waves of  love and compassion.

Quotes to ponder:

* Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary. ~ James M. Barrie

* The older you get, the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness. ~ Lionel Barrymore

* Kindness is its own reward. ~ Maxim

* Do not overlook any good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.  ~ The Buddha

* When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~ Jimi Hendrix

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?  Do you gain happiness when you extend loving kindness and compassion towards others? 

Does sharing and caring benefit you as well as those you serve? 

Related posts:  Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies * Dalai Lama: Inner Peace & Happiness * Generosity of Spirit * What is True Happiness? (Always Well Within) * Cultivating Happiness, Not Hedonism * I Plead The Fifth (The Laughing Housewife) * Charter for Compassion (Creating Reciprocity)