“There are four moralities or guidelines we use when acting to benefit others, to make sure our activity is well directed.
(1) First, we share whatever we have: if beings need it and we have it, we give it if we have the capability.
(2) Second, we must be soft-spoken, respectful, and soothing so that we don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
(3) Third, we act skillfully, giving according to individuals’ needs, and with an awareness of their readiness.
(4) Fourth, we are involved with others, not acting like we’re superior or detached. Basically we’re all sitting in the same boat. Our attitude should be that, “You and I are the same.” So we’re not just like an announcer on television talking about what someone else ought to do. We are doing what we’re saying, not just speaking nice words. We try to do what we say.
If our activity has the context of these four moralities, it will be the activity of a bodhisattva.”
Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Vows and Conduct in the Nyingma Tradition (pg 21)
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