Searching all directions with one’s awareness, one finds no one dearer than oneself. In the same way, others are fiercely dear to themselves. So one should not hurt others if one loves oneself.
Remember that you don’t have to like or admire someone to feel compassion for that person. All you have to do is wish for that person to be happy.
Don’t be a slave to style. Don’t take more from the world than you’re willing to give back. And learn to undo the perceptions—so heavily promoted by the media—that shopping is a form of therapy and that a purchase is nothing but a victory or a gain.
The Buddha’s last words instructed us to be heedful—to see our actions as important and to keep that importance in mind at all times.
The desire for true happiness is nothing to feel ashamed about.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Robert Thurman American Buddhist Scholar
- Pema Chodron American Buddhist Nun
- Sharon Salzberg Buddhist Teacher
- Dennis Genpo Merzel American Buddhist Monk
- D. T. Suzuki Japanese Buddhist Philosopher
- Carl Rowan American Public Servant
- Jack Kornfield American Buddhist Teacher, Author
- Johnnetta B. Cole American Anthropologist, Educator
- Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo British Buddhist Teacher, Nun
- Stephen Batchelor British Buddhist Author, Teacher