11 Apr Compassion board
“As each has received a gift,
use it to serve one another.”
The Bible - Peter 4:10 “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
THE PURPOSE of The Compassion Board is to dedicate the fruits and benefits of our work for others and at the same time spread loving kindness and compassion into our world.
WHO can go onto The Compassion Board. This is for individual people or groups of people who are suffering from illness, who are struggling with difficulties or who have recently died.
HOW to dedicate for them. Send us an email headed “Compassion Board”. Give us the name of the person you want to help. It is also helpful if you can give a one word or short description of why you are sending in their name to us. E.G. James Short – Terminal illness / cancer.
We will put their name onto our Compassion Board. Every week we will dedicate our weeks work for their benefit.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama
May you be happy,
May you be free from suffering,
May you never be separated from bliss without suffering
May you live in equanimity that is free of bias, attachment and anger.
“The times when you are suffering can be those when you are open, and where you are extremely vulnerable can be where your greatest strength really lies.
Say to yourself: “I am not going to run away from this suffering. I want to use it in the best and richest way I can, so that I can become more compassionate and more helpful to others.” Suffering, after all, can teach us about compassion. If you suffer, you will know how it is when others suffer. And if you are in a position to help others, it is through your suffering that you will find the understanding and compassion to do so.”
“Sometimes we think that to develop an open heart, to be truly loving and compassionate, means that we need to be passive, to allow others to abuse us, to smile and let anyone do what they want with us. Yet this is not what is meant by compassion. Quite the contrary. Compassion is not at all weak. It is the strength that arises out of seeing the true nature of suffering in the world. Compassion allows us to bear witness to that suffering, whether it is in ourselves or others, without fear; it allows us to name injustice without hesitation, and to act strongly, with all the skill at our disposal. To develop this mind state of compassion…is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for all living beings, without exception.” Sharon Salzberg
“All the peace and happiness of the whole globe,
the peace and happiness of societies,
the peace and happiness of family,
the peace and happiness in the individual persons’ life,
and the peace and happiness of even the animals and so forth,
all depends on having loving kindness and compassion toward each other.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche