Introducing Samye Institute's Vajrayana Membership

Series: Kindness and Compassion

The Practice of Compassion

Dear friends near and far Happy Guru Rinpoche Day again! I just want to say many good messages to all of you. The one thing

Practice This Saga Dawa Month

Dear friends near and far I am sending you many happy wishes for Guru Rinpoche Day. This Saga Dawa month is a very important month. Please

Compassion in Action

Dear Friends Near and Far,

We are trying our best over here in Nepal. Thank you all so much for your support. On this Guru Rinpoche day I would like to remind you of a few things. Through the earthquake relief efforts we have been undertaking for the last month, I realized that compassion as a mental state and compassion as physical action are quite different.

Nepal Earthquake

As you all know, on Saturday Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake that took the lives of thousands of people and has left many tens of thousands of others destitute, vulnerable, and filled with fear. Fortunately, our community of monks, nuns, and students are safe and our monasteries relatively undamaged. Many other areas though have suffered overwhelming loss and destruction.

Four Qualities of Compassion

These days we often mistake what it’s meant to be a dharma practitioner. The heart of the buddhadharma is to tame one’s own mind, so a dharma practitioner is someone who is able to do this, who can see their own faults, address them, and tame and transform their minds. Someone who is unable to do this is not a dharma practitioner. Secondly, a dharma practitioner should be sincere and honest. So if you wish to practice the buddhadharma authentically this you need these qualities.

Practicing Kindness

Today I want to relay to you all the importance of practicing kindness. Actually what is kindness? Kindness is the basis of happiness. Kindness is the basis of the life we live. Kindness is the basis of the dharma.

Random Acts of Kindness (Wisdom and Compassion)

Whether we are a practicing Buddhist or in some way associated with some element of practicing Buddhism, we can sometimes get so caught up in “doing something Buddhist” to a point where we even forget the ground on which we are tirelessly building.