Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 09/06/2014

The Wants of Others | Abhaya-cariya

I undertake the training rule to put the wants of others before my own, being ever concerned with their happiness.

This training has given me a lot of grist for the mill even if it has proven to be uncomfortable at times. For some reason, when I reflect on this training rule the words of the 5th Zen Patriarch come to mind:

The great Way is not difficult for those who are have no preferences.
Let go of wanting and avoiding, and everything will be perfectly clear.
But make the slightest distinction and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

May I do my best today to bring happiness to those I meet and to give up my own petty concerns for their benefit.


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