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Originally posted by lycanlance
reply to post by KilgoreTrout
can you give me a link to a website about Buddhism ive always been interested. read my reply above this one see if you can help me please.
Most people like to think of themselves as caring,compassionate people. They may give money and time to charities, their church, and to their family and friends. These are all good outlets for our goodwill, but the person with a compassionate heart doesn't stop there. A compassionate heart will try to show love every day--in every moment--and to all living creatures.
Helping is often not something we really think about, but is the instinctive response of an open heart. Your neighbor needs help starting his car and you help. Your brother needs to borrow a little money and you help. But just as important as the help provided, is the attitude in which it is given. How do we really feel about helping others? Do we sometimes give half-heartedly, begrudgingly, or with an ulterior motive? The resistance to be generous often underlies helping; much giving is done for less than altruistic reasons.
The compassionate heart will give cheerfully. The love is not limited to those like itself. Love will be expressed not just to those in its immediate circle, but to all. But how, you may ask, do we achieve a compassionate heart? Are some people just natural inclined to be compassionate? No. It is a choice each of us makes every day.
This choice isn't an easy one. It takes commitment. Even within the compassionate heart, there is a constant struggle between self-sacrifice and self-protectiveness, light and darkness, love and hate. We are presented opportunities each day to choose which path we will take.
The most dangerous obstacle to a compassionate heart is self-righteousness. If it finds even a small place in your heart, you will unknowingly drive others away. To have a compassionate heart, it will take strength to fight the self-righteousness which can get in the way.