Love and Compassion - empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara
Compassion is a mind that finds the suffering of others unbearable, but it does not make us depressed. In fact, it gives us tremendous energy to work for others and to complete the spiritual path for their sake. It shatters our complacency and makes it impossible to rest content with the superficial happiness of satisfying our worldly desires, yet in its place, we shall come to know a deep inner peace that cannot be disturbed by changing conditions. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
We may think that too much focus on compassion will make us suffer. However, when experienced correctly, compassion is happy mind and there is nothing more powerful. It motivates us to joyfully help others and consequently empowers us to change and improve ourselves. Compassion for our family and friends will heal our close relationships and make them strong and stable. The more we open our hearts to others, the more our empathy will grow. In this way we develop universal compassion, the most humane and beneficial mind of all.
This blessing empowerment is an opportunity to make a special connection with Buddha Avalokiteshvara, who is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas.
By receiving this empowerment, we will deeply heal our minds and begin to awaken our potential for universal compassion which has the power to transform our self and our world.
Our present compassion, however, limited at the moment, is our Buddha Nature, our seed of enlightenment, our limitless potential. Receiving the empowerment activates this seed. Learning to integrate the practice of the Avalokiteshvara into our daily life enables our life to become a joyful path to enlightenment and an enormous source of benefit and happiness to others. Together we will engage in this simple, profound and powerful compassion meditation and prayer practice, for all living beings
During retreat on Sunday, we will have a special opportunity to create the causes for our compassion to grow. What could be a better use of our time than that!
Everyone is welcome to join in, regardless of background or previous experience!