365 Days for Travelers: Jul 8

COMPASSION AND EVERLASTING HAPPINESS

Learning to “pick it up” and “let it go”
Can expand the breadth of your mind.
Being able to see far ahead and do the right thing
Can elevate your life.

By taking the short end of the stick,
You can cultivate virtue.
By putting yourself in other’s shoes,
You can develop compassion.
By accepting what is,
You can be carefree.
By enjoying without owning,
You can always be happy.

The wise are not delighted by praise;
great virtue comes from
admitting and correcting one’s mistakes.
The benevolent are not delighted by freedom from suffering;
great morality comes from
sharing one’s goodness with the rest of the world.

It is good to believe in the Buddhist truth;
it is better to realize the law of causality.
It is good to understand the essence of equality;
it is better to follow the principle of dependent origination.*

Only compassion can
turn enemies into friends, and
diminish resentment and opposition.
Only compassion can
turn adversity into favorable circumstances, and
succeed in the endeavor to benefit all beings.