Thought of the week
Egocentrism, which affects us all in varying degrees, prevents us from feeling love and compassion toward others. But to be truly happy, one must have a mind at peace, and peace of mind will come only through altruistic love. Of course, to cultivate compassion, it is not enough to believe in its benefits or marvel at the beauty of such feelings. We have to make an effort and use all the circumstances of daily life to change our thoughts and behavior.
FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA, TENZIN GYATSO (B. 1936)
Summarized and adapted from Les voies spirituelles du bonheur, Presses du Chatelet, Paris, 2002; Points Sagesse, Seuil, 2004. English version: The Compassionate Life, Shambhala 2003