One of my New Year’s Resolutions, this year, was to attend a Buddhist Temple to learn more about Buddhism, which I did today.
Here is my second selection from the 14th Dalai Lama, entitled, “Compassion.”
Usually, our concept
of compassion or love refers
to the feeling of closeness we have with our friends and
loved ones. Sometimes
compassion also carries a sense of pity.
This is wrong,
any love or compassion which entails looking down on the other
is not genuine compassion.
To be genuine, compassion must
be based on respect for the other,
and on the realization that others
have the right to be happy and
overcome suffering, just
as much as you. On this basis,
since you can see that others are
suffering, you develop a genuine
sense of concern for them.
H.H. The XIVth Dalai Lama
(Also, this weekend I saw an Italian film by Roberto Rossellini with Ingrid Bergman which depicts through film what is in this writing. I did not realize until seeing the film what a mind/spirit Rossellini had. The film is “Europa ’51,” which has a similar theme as the Argentine film, “Man Facing Southeast.”)
Today, Sunday, I was reading some of the words of the Dalai Lama, which I wanted share here. The selection is entitled, “The Paradox of Our Age.”
THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbour.
We built more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies than ever,
but have less communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
Tall man but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama