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True beauty

By Matthieu Ricard on June 26, 2009

True beauty conforms to mankind's deep nature. Love and altruism are beautiful, while hatred and jealousy are ugly. Just look at the way the former beautifies a face, while the latter disfigures it.  True beauty is in harmony with wisdom and compassion. When we meet a remarkable, radiant human being, we intuitively know that we are in the presence of a beautiful person, whose genuine goodness radiates from his or her face. True beauty is the face of a good heart.

The closer we come to our ultimate nature, the more we discover the inner beauty we all have. Ignorance is simply being unaware of that fact. We are like the beggar who does not know that a crock of gold is buried under his hut. To thread the a genuine spiritual path is to retake possession of that forgotten treasure.