We continue studying the reasons for placing the good of others beyond our own. Rinpoche points out that we are naturally altruistic, for example we don’t think twice about stepping in if a loved one needs protection. The practice of exchanging ourselves with others will train us to extend our capacity to benefit others, taking it beyond our normal instinctive but limited response. Without looking for praise we learn to be wholeheartedly, selflessly, compassionate to other beings, protecting them as we would our own body: as it is when we nourish ourselves with food, the reward is in our own well-being. We can extend this care to others with the understanding that if I am well, so are they.
If we generate compassion for others in this way, with little thought for ourselves, it eventually brings clarity and, the text says, we are following the path of Lord Avalokiteshvara, who by doing this, generated an energy so powerful that if a person simply brings him to mind they will receive his protection.
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