If we want to be kind, good, and make something meaningful out of our lives—to really change our state of mind and bring sunshine into our hearts—we need to bring up more joy, peace, and happiness in our minds. Also bring up more bodhichitta thoughts that are full of love, kindness, and compassion for all living beings—not just self-centered mind. We’ve been thinking of ‘I,’ ‘I,’ ‘I,’ for a long time. The great master Shantideva said, “We’ve been practicing self-centered mind since beginningless time. But how much have we achieved? How successful have we been?” On the other hand, look at the example of the Buddha and all the great bodhisattvas. They put all sentient beings in front of themselves, and what did they achieve? They were full of joy, love, kindness, and respect and appreciation. They were so down-to-earth—not hovering in the sky, following after this and that. Read about their actions and legacies. Read their life stories—those are great teachings on bodhichitta, love, and kindness. Similarly, we’re trying to activate ourselves and follow in their footsteps. What could be better or more beautiful than that? Think about this.”
Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha: The Path to Freedom (pgs 3-4)
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