Sunday Meditation – The Pure Wish

Great Love and Great Compassion are at the very core of Buddhist practice and in fact, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them,humanity cannot survive.” We are encouraged to put aside our focus on our own wellbeing and to “cultivate love, compassion and the altruistic intention.” This means cultivating the pure, altruistic intention to benefit all others. Without developing great love and compassion for others, we won’t be of much benefit to anyone, including ourselves. Cultivating an attitude of love and compassion is what really counts; we cannot expect to actually eliminate someone else’s unhappiness while our own mind is still deluded by misconceptions and afflictions such as anger and jealousy. It’s like cultivating a crop; the seed is love and compassion is the water that makes it grow. As a crop needs water continuously, growing from a seed to full maturity, our teachers advise that compassion is needed in the beginning, the middle and the end of our spiritual journey, resulting in a magnificent crop which will nourish all!