Bodhisattvas, we have to live with the boundless qualities of love
and compassion; that is wisdom extended towards all beings. But we have to start somewhere. What is
the first step?
with one person. Recognize one person’s Buddha essence. For instance, it is easy to recognize the Buddha essence
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but not Hitler or Chairman Mao. It is easy to have compassion for those who are
oppressed, but what about the oppressors? We must include all beings in our compassion.
essential Dharma perspective, we cannot judge anybody, including ourselves. We must always have good will and
understanding. It is so important to distinguish between the relative truth and Dharma truth, which is ultimate
and does not exclude anybody.
are not mindful, it is very easy to judge, to condemn, because this tendency is very subtle.
perspective of a Bodhisattva, we practice love and compassion towards everybody, recognizing their Buddha
essence. We practice love and compassion to recognize our own essence as well. Love and compassion are the
natural expressions of this essence. This understanding should transform our perception radically.
Compassion is beyond our ordinary
samsaric perception, which usually approaches phenomenon with reactions to appearances, and reactive judgments
of good and bad. Compassion does not exclude anybody.
have dualistic radar that is constantly assessing, interpreting, scrutinizing inner and outer environments, and
this is based on ego, on the sense of “I.” This activity, the material busyness, is actually true spiritual
vision, which transcends the sense of “I” by seeing it as merely a fabrication, embraces all beings, all
situations, all experiences as reflections of itself as love and compassion. This is the pure land of Akanistha,
which is our pure perception. So when we make aspirations to be reborn there, we are aspiring to have pure
perception towards all beings, not separating, excluding, or judging. All beings are ourselves. Everyone becomes
us and we become them. There is no separation between anyone. There is no self and other. There is one
enlightened field; a unified field of awareness-being. This is the state of