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Meditate On and Develop Compassion

If we pick up the handle, we pick up the pot. Similarly, if we meditate on and develop compassion—the wish that all others be without suffering—we hold within us the essence of all other Dharma practices.

-Geshe Hgawang Dhargyey, "Advice From a Spiritual Friend"

May all beings be without suffering,
May all beings be without want,
May all beings be free.

In believing what the Buddha said, I mindfully believe in the Buddhadharma.

For the Four Noble Truths tell us that life is full of suffering, that suffering is due to ignorant craving, that suffering can be remedied, and the cure for suffering is the Eightfold Path which I follow by practicing meditation with Buddha Recitation.

Of course, this is the Buddhist practice I currently follow because it is the best of what I have leaned in the Pure Land School of Buddhism. However, there are other Buddhist practices which also work, but my practices work for me.

Nothing in my practices are New Age. From meditation, I do not develop magical powers like telepathy or astral projection. Rather, my mind is made calm by meditating so that I am able to think clearly and critically.

As well, I am able to practice mindfulness in my daily activities by remaining in the present moment.

By meditating, I develop compassion for all sentient beings.

When someone hurts, I am concerned for their welfare, especially when they are close friends and loved ones.

Thus my concern goes beyond empathy. When I meditate, it is done for all sentient beings.

By burning off my evil karma through meditation and Buddha Recitation, I fulfill my commitment to being a Buddhist.

I am thankful to the Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha.

Originally created on January 17, 2006 at 2258H
Last updated on February 12, 2013 at 1400H

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