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A group of Southeast Asians visit the main temple in Dharamsala in 2012 for teachings by the Dalai Lama.
Many people have a hard time believing that there will be any rebirth when the present life is over. How do we know that rebirth is possible?
At first glance this sculpture appears to represent the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara but is in fact Vajrasattva.
We want genuine happiness, and we can develop the feeling that we deserve it. Then we can move towards having compassion for others. If we really do feel compassion for others, there is no doubt we must also feel compassion towards ourselves…
Again, compassion isn’t for others alone, it’s a matter of having compassion for one’s own wellbeing as well. We all have compassion, but it might be quite weak, and sometimes quite partial and discriminative.
Now, it may seem as if emotions come up nonstop. In reality, however, that is not the case. No matter how strong anger may be, for example, it doesn’t last for a week, two weeks, three or four weeks. It doesn’t even last for twenty-four hours. In fact, anger comes and goes. So that point, in itself, proves that it is not continuously operating in our minds.
In Buddhism we are taught of the nonduality of samsara and nirvana. We do not need to be on a high level in order to understand this nonduality of samsara and nirvana; it is just a matter of being here, knowing how to integrate dharma with samsaric conditions.