Merry Christmas!

Wolfgang M. Bereuter wmb at
Mon Dec 23 19:08:01 EST 2002

I know, we should not quote so much and I usually dont do it, but in 
this case its imho worth for everyone to read it again. Sorry if you 
dont think so...

> On Montag, Dezember 23, 2002, at 07:40  Uhr, Rob Cozens wrote:
> May I take this occasion to share with an article from Buddhist News 
> that I printed and included with my Christmas cards a few years ago:
> "			The Practice of Compassion
> 			His Holiness The Dalai Lama
> This is from someone who recently returned from India.  Her group met 
> with the Dalai Lama for several days.  The meetings focused on 
> dialoguing what they believed were the five most important questions 
> to be considered moving into the new millennium.
> The group were asked to come up with five questions before meeting 
> with the Dalai Lama.  They asked:
> * How do we address the widening gap between rich and poor?
> * How do we protect the earth?
> * How do we educate our children?
> * How do we help Tibet and other oppressed countries/people?
> * How do we bring spirituality -- deep caring for each other -- 
> through all disciplines?
> The Dalai Lama said all the questions fell under the last one.  If we 
> have true compassion, our children will be educated, we will care for 
> the earth, and for those who "have not."  He asked the group: Do you 
> think loving on the planet is increasing or staying the same?
> His own response was, "My experience leads me to believe that love IS 
> increasing."
> He shared a practice with the group that will increase loving and 
> compassion in the world, and asked everyone attending to go home and 
> share it with as many people as possible.
> The Practice:
> 1.  Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of each day remembering we all 
> want the same thing (to be happy and loved) and we are all connected.
> 2.  Spend 5 minutes cherishing yourself and others.  Let go of 
> judgements.  Breath in cherishing yourself, and breathe out cherishing 
> others.  If the faces of people you are having difficulty with appear, 
> cherish them as well.
> 3.  During the day extend that attitude to everyone you meet -- we are 
> all the same, and I cherish myself and you.
> 4.  Stay in the practice, no matter what happens."
> God bless us, every one.

Wolfgang M. Bereuter

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