• Dianne McKinnon

On the aspiration made by Avalokiteshvara (Tib. Chenrezig)

Whosoever finds themselves in a state of decline and dejection,

if they remember me, I will turn back that dejection and decline.

By this, my foremost aspiration, may I be endowed with the treasury of its fruition.

~taken from the biography of Avalokitashvara~ Geshe la Jinpa Sonam spoke last week of the practice of the 'very embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas' - Chenrezig. A practice of cultivating compassion that alleviates suffering and pain, and through which we develop a greater compassion that is the source of great benefit to ourselves and others. He mentioned this quote as significant and offered explanation on the six-syllable mantra: OM MANI PADME HUNG. Geshela advised that to sit with compassion in the mind while reciting this mantra, is a profound practice and one that His Holiness the Dalai Lama often speaks of. Geshela noted that reading the life stories of the great masters can be a true source of inspiration, and exemplify for us the path to follow.

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