Everyone wants to be happy

So we need to begin by reducing our self-focus and self-important thoughts. To do so, we remind ourselves that we aren’t the only ones who want to be happy – everyone wants to be happy. Though others seek happiness, they may not understand how to go about accomplishing it, whereas if we have some understanding of the spiritual path, we can perhaps help and support them in their efforts.

We remind ourselves that of course we’ll encounter problems. We’re humans. But though problems arise, we mustn’t give them any power. Everyone has problems, many far worse than our own. As we contemplate this, our view expands to encompass the suffering of others. As our compassion deepens, our relentless self-focusing is reduced and we become more intent on helping others and better able to do so…

CHAGDUD TULKU RINPOCHE

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