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Guidelines for living

July 27, 2010

The Hindustan Times
July 24, 2010

Excerpts from "Ocean of Wisdom: Guidelines for
Living" by The Dalai Lama; published by Jaico.

  If all your energy and all your thinking is
concentrated on wealth, on material things (all
that wealth that belongs to this life), there is
maximum benefit for one hundred years. Beyond that there's
nothing.

I feel that the essence of all spiritual life is
your emotion, you attitude toward others. Once
you have pure and sincere motivation, all the
rest follows. You can develop this right attitude
toward others on the basis of kindness, love, and
respect, and on the clear realisation of the
oneness of all human beings. This is important
because others benefit by this motivation as much
as anything we do. Then, with a pure heart, you
can carry on any work - farming, mechanical
engineering, working as a doctor, as a lawyer, as
a teacher — and your profession becomes a real
instrument to help the human community.

Some of you might feel that you lose your
independence if you don't let your mind just
wander where it wants to, if you try to control it. But that is not the case.

If you ask, "Is it possible to completely get rid
of afflicted emotions or is it necessary to just
suppress them on the spot”, then the answer, from
the Buddhist point of view, is that conventional
nature of mind is a clear light. And from the
ultimate point of view, it is also a clear light.
So from the conventional point of view, these
afflicted emotions are only extraneous and can be removed totally.

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