Love Never Excludes or Rejects Anybody
the most difficult ways to practice Bodhicitta, practicing love, compassion, and forgiveness, is towards
ourselves. This can be very difficult for us. We can be very loving
and compassionate and demonstrate honorable intentions toward others, but we can be very hardhearted and
closed-minded when it comes to relating to our own suffering.
Oftentimes we need to be the object of
our own compassion, because we have a deeply ingrained hatred towards ourselves, which we do not
completely understand, so we avoid dealing with it. This is why it is so easy to take someone else as the object
of our love and compassion. We like to play the role of savior, trying to help others, so we can continue
ignoring our own issues. This is why it is so important to practice tonglen for ourselves regularly. This is the
most powerful healing method we can incorporate into our lives.
become capable of acknowledging our own suffering through tonglen practice, we can swiftly resolve our karmic
issues. We can experience the amazing transformation of suffering into happiness.
a lot of meditation and Dharma practice to unfold love towards oneself
and towards all other beings. When we practice Bodhicitta mind we should not practice it partially. We
should include all sentient beings. This includes our co-workers and family members, people we pass by on the
street every day, homeless people we see laying in a doorway, politicians we disagree with, angry gas station
Bodhicitta love never excludes or
rejects anybody. Ego has the tendency to reject and exclude certain people. However, this Bodhicitta mind can
include all other beings without reference point, including ourselves. This is because within this Bodhicitta
mind, there is no idea of a self to construct barriers, to establish
boundaries that keep others out of our hearts and prevent us from entering into theirs.
Bodhicitta mind, there is only one heart. To realize this we must start with ourselves. We have to journey into
the unknown territory of our own hearts to uncover the love and compassion that is already
there. This journey of uncovering love and compassion is one of acknowledgment, acceptance, and