Thoughts On “How To Be Compassionate” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I’ve been reading “How To Be Compassionate” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a while now. It’s not that big of a book, but it’s a lot to comprehend… I like to message it brings across (that we should all show compassion), and I agree with some things that are said in the book, but not others.

The Dalai Lama says that when we get attached to things, we exaggerate the goodness of it, which is, in reality bad. He states that we, humans, shouldn’t do that. To reach a higher state a being, we should not have material attachments (friends, money, houses, etc.). “We enter this world alone, and we leave this world alone.”

I think that having friends is a good things, because they can teach us to be better people. Now, for the attachments on houses and money and cars… That could be a bad thing because we then build our lives around these things and what happens if they are ripped away from us? With friends, if they are really, truly friends, they won’t care what you look like or what you have, they will like you for you.

Another thing that Dalai Lama states is everything is interdependent. In other words, this means that everything is interconnected. (Karma, so to speak.)

I personally think that this means that we are all connected, the animals, the plants, all of us. I think that it means that our actions are all connects (what happens to you affects you and other people, and vis-versa, if that makes sense).

I haven’t finished the chapter, so I’m not 100% sure what he means by all of this.

“Your choices will change the world.” ~ ?

What we do in this life will affect what happens in our next life.

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