H.H. Dalai Lama Teachings Washington D.C. 1998, Verse 4

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: I emphasize the need to bring the social and caring dimension into the program of activities, so that the principles presented in the Buddhist teachings can make a contribution to society.

Teachings given on November 8, 1998 in Washington D.C. by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on The Eight Verses of Training the Mind.

Training the Mind: Verse 4

When I see beings of unpleasant character
Oppressed by strong negativity and suffering,
May I hold them dear-for they are rare to find-
As if I have discovered a jewel treasure!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama – This verse refers to the special case of relating to people who are socially marginalized, perhaps because of their behavior, their appearance, their destitution, or on account of some illness. Whoever practices bodhichitta must take special care of these people, as if on meeting them, you have found a real treasure. Instead of feeling repulsed, a true practitioner of these altruistic principlesshould engage and take on the challenge of relating. In fact, the way we interact with people of this kind could give a great impetus to our spiritual practice. Continue reading »