We continue in these next verses to consider the value and importance of placing other peoples’ needs and wishes before our own and here we are instructed to embody this as an ethic that informs our whole way of life and interaction with others. This is the journey from head to heart, from conceptual notions to true compassion and wisdom.
The text identifies our ego and selfishness as the obstruction that prevents freedom from suffering, both for ourselves and other beings. Rinpoche here points out that all the pain we feel and inflict on each other can be avoided if we were to transform our thinking, beginning with the real intention to destroy the demon of ego clinging, followed by actually carrying the idea through. The paradox is that if we follow this instruction and can be totally selfless, we will discover it is also the direct route to our personal happiness.
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