The experience of love and compassion means a love and compassion that reaches out to all beings equally. You will perceive that. And you will perceive that that embodiment of love and compassion reaches out to the most malevolent and malignant individual you can imagine in the world. Try and imagine somebody as bad as you can imagine them and then imagine it worse than that. And then realize that the power of compassion, and the being that embodies that compassion—and it does seem like a living being that embodies that compassion—values them in exactly the same way as they value you.
That may sound good, but that’s not how it would feel. It would feel like a squirming inside you that says, “I’m worth more than this person. Real, living compassion should value me more than it values them.” But of course, it doesn’t and that’s a shattering experience for ego. One’s life is based on ego, it is based on measurement, a viewing of this against that.
From Rigdzin Shikpo’s What is Buddhism?
Friday, July 15, 2022: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm UK time
Join the Longchen Foundation for a Zoom showing of Rigdzin Shikpo’s Heart of Buddha teaching from 2017: What is Buddhism: A religion, a philosophy, or something else?
The Zoom session will begin with 5-10 minutes of formless meditation, followed by the streaming of Rigdzin Shikpo’s second talk from the What is Buddhism? teaching together with Q & A – about an hour, ten minutes, total.
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