The Practice of Compassionate Kindness

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama says:

“This is my simple religion. My religion is kindness.”

What does it mean to practice compassionate kindness?

Compassion is the gift of an honest heart full of love and acceptance. When one is closed-off, biased, or non-accepting of the whole, they cannot engage in compassionate kindness.

Compassionate kindness is shown in speech, attitude, action, and intention as we survey the Eight-fold Path. When you encounter someone who practices compassionate kindness, you can’t help but be moved by their presence. There is something different about them though you might not be able to pinpoint what it is.

I’d characterize His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assisi, Deepak Chopra, and even my youngest son as examples of those with compassionate kindness playing a dominant role in their lives.

Practicing compassionate kindness is a choice anyone can make

I support the position that compassionate kindness is rare. More often, in my experience, kindness is conditional. But compassionate kindness is the fruit of an open heart. It’s the by-product of inclusive acceptance of all.

Show me someone who is closed rather than open-minded and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t engage in compassionate kindness.

Compassionate kindness is the fullest expression of one living as a Practical Buddhist. It’s the result of learning to master the present moment via meditation and the coming back to the present moment via mindfulness.

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