Each one of us is
responsible for all of humankind, and for the environment in which we
live. . . . We must seek to lessen the suffering of others. Rather than
working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful,
something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole.
To do this, you need to recognize that the whole world is part of you.
from How to Be Compassionate
The surest path to true happiness
lies in being intimately concerned with the welfare of others. Or, as
His Holiness the Dalai Lama would say, in compassion.
In How to Be Compassionate,
His Holiness reveals basic mistakes of attitude that lead us to inner
turmoil, and how we can correct them to achieve a better tomorrow. He
demonstrates precisely how opening our hearts and minds to other people
is the best way to overcome the misguided ideas that are at the root of
all our problems. He shows us how compassion can be a continuous
wellspring of happiness in our own lives and how our newfound happiness
can extend outward from us in ever wider and wider circles.
As we become more compassionate
human beings, our friends, family, neighbors, loved onesand even our
enemieswill find themselves less frequently in the thrall of
destructive emotions like anger, jealousy, and fear, prompting them to
become more warmhearted, kind, and harmonious forces within their own
circles. With simple language and startling clarity, His Holiness makes
evident as never before that the path to global harmony begins in the
hearts of individual women and men. Enlivened by personal anecdotes and
intimate accounts of the Dalai Lamas experiences as a student, thinker,
political leader, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, How to Be Compassionate
gives seekers of all faiths the keys to overcoming anger, hatred, and
selfishness the primary obstacles to happinessand to becoming agents
of positive transformation in our communities and the world at large.