Some words about wisdom and the practice of compassion in the world:
The importance of compassion
The practice of compassion makes us more human, natural, and authentic. Compassion can only develop properly by being willing to consider others. Compassion is a life force for living. It is better, more fulfilling, worthy and dignified to live with compassion. Compassion for self and others is desperately needed in this world. Compassion heals.
About wisdom and compassion
A person who is okay alone understands selflessness, or egolessness, and is able to appreciate and see beauty, because their mind is still. This person is both wise and compassionate, for he or she understands and appreciates appearance for what it is. He or she is able to rest at ease, or respond in the most beneficial way, because he or she is at peace and able to see clearly.
The reflection of the moon and stars in water is so clear. That we spend so much time analyzing what is already so clear is crazy. We should simply observe with joy, instead of trying to grasp, own, understand and prove. Mind is usually very restless.
How meditation supports wisdom and compassion
The only way to know mind and to attain wisdom is through meditation. In repose, in space, in silent time, answers can come. Wisdom and insight wash away problems. Transformation occurs in stillness. Through the practice of mindfulness, the elementary harmony that creates wind horse – the Tibetan expression for positive energy – is created. Relaxation will then translate into everyday life and bring benefits. Internal change will bring external change.
Truth can only be experienced through devotion; it requires the highest capacity. Those who have developed aloneness and sincere devotion have dismantled the kingdom of ego and are able to help society. When we are clear and equipped with insight, we are in a place to help others. It is by developing wisdom and compassion that we are able to be of the greatest assistance to others.
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, Corps, France, January 2001.