The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. MARCEL PROUST

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Expanding The Heart To Others

The Dalai Lama in an image sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

Every day think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

DALAI LAMA XIV

The wonderfully inspiring words of the Dalai Lama, as quoted recently on Suman's evocative blog, Random Ruminations.

6 comments:

Suman said...

Magical words they truly are!
Thank you for the kind mention, Robert.

George said...

Beautiful, meaningful words, and serendipitous for me, as I just returned from the bookstore where I picked up one of the Dalai Lama's recent books — The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes Robert - I think he is a wonderful man and such an inspiration to so many still.

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks for these comments.

I read an older book by the DL (in conversation with Howard Cutler) not long ago, called 'The Art of Happiness'. John Cowper Powys, a favourite author of mine, also wrote a book with the same title (well worth reading).

Ruth said...

Yes. It is a CHOICE. Wonderful words, which are more intention than reality some days, but with a will, there is a way.

This reflects what I have just read and reread (and reread again), Henry Miller's second chapter of Stand Still Like a Hummingbird "Children of the Earth."

Anonymous said...

I've been fortunate to spend time around the DL and his family. I'm always surprised by the serenity field that seems to surround them all and the humor. The DL loves to laugh and is almost a prankster at times. It's so refreshing to be reminded that life doesn't have to be so serious and intense. I always look forward to that environment and can't help but think what would have developed if his good friend Thomas Merton hadn't gone so soon. When I read Merton I get a sense of just how harmonious their spirits were.