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Training in Love and Compassion: Awareness of Being Open-Hearted


In this third exercise, Phakchok Rinpoche offers an opportunity to examine our hearts. After we practice the exercise of coordinating our hand gestures, speech, and hearts, we take a rest. Rinpoche instructs us to place our hands gently on our knees and simply rest while maintaining awareness. We’re not thinking anything , but we are aware. We may notice an openness of our hearts.

Then after a few minutes, we can bring to mind people who are difficult for us to love. There may be many reasons why we feel this way, but don’t dwell on the why. We simply bring the person to mind and check in with our heart. If we’ve been practicing for awhile, we may notice that our heart allows some softness to remain. Rinpoche explains that this process is a great check to see how our compassion practice is developing. Slowly, our difficult people won’t shake us from a feeling of love.

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