Friday, June 13, 2008

Awakening others

The Tibetan Buddhists teach that all meditators must cultivate the most important motivation of all — to see others as no different from oneself and to put their liberation before one’s own. Known as bodhichitta (“awakened heart”), this selfless aspiration actually accelerates the meditative process by offering an antidote to the natural human tendency to hoard our own accomplishments and insights and defend our own psychic and spiritual territory. Unless it is suffused by bodhichitta, say the Tibetans, meditation can take us only so far along the path to self-realization.

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