Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 8: Meditation
In these verses we begin to look at the possibility that what we have in common with every other being is the wish to be happy and avoid suffering. In this, we are all equal, and maintaining that view is what this training is showing us––to look beyond the surface appearances and recognise it as a basic fact.
When I am asked to consider this as I examine my own attachment to myself and what I perceive as mine, along with the suffering I experience when I lose it––I will see it as a mental fabrication. Once I understand the suffering of loss is something I have constructed, it will lessen its hold on me and free me from the pain. If I can bring myself to see this, and realise that it is the same for others, my relationship with them need not be so influenced by jealousy and pride and I can begin to develop an fresh understanding: that suffering is the same for everyone and my wish becomes an aspiration to bring all beings to happiness, without exception.
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