Putting knowledge into action with compassion

To make work creative and satisfying,
we must be willing to take responsibility for how we are using work in our lives.

Each of us needs to think through for ourselves
why we work
and whether we truly wish to bring our full energy and resolve to our work.

If we take seriously the opportunity it offers,
work can become a pathway to knowledge
rich in satisfaction and accomplishment.

If at the same time we cultivate a global vision,
putting knowledge into action with compassion and sincere conviction,
we can connect our work to the highest spiritual goals.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mastering Successful Work

TTMTSAU – FBOASB

Compassion is taking responsibility to help others

[We can wish] to be a loving person with a compassionate heart –
the wish to help others, spontaneously, with no reservations.

Then we can sincerely say to ourselves,
“If there is any way I can learn
to increase my compassion or understanding of humanity,
then I wish to receive that teaching –
whatever it is, wherever it exists –
and take the responsibility to use that knowledge to help others.”

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

TTMTSAU – FBOASB

A humble and fearless attitude of openness and generosity

Without compassion,
thoughts and actions are based on
desire for egotistical or selfish gratification.

But genuine compassion,
which is the antidote to ego,
arises from a humble and fearless attitude
of openness and generosity.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

A compassionate heart

Compassion is a healthy psychological attitude, because
it does not involve expectations or demands.

Even if we are not able to accomplish very much on a physical level,
at least we can have the desire
to be a loving person with a compassionate heart –
the wish to help others, spontaneously, with no reservations.

This attitude automatically opens our hearts and develops our compassion.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

TTMTSAU – FBOASB

All that we have in common with others

Once we recognize all that we have in common with others,
a feeling of compassion naturally arises
and we no longer treat other people with such indifference.

We welcome others warmly and joyfully into our hearts,
for we no longer feel defensive.

We easily see when others relate to us in this way –
their eyes are alive and their faces are radiant.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance