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Ganka Mogallanna Sutta

This inspiration points the same way as the Sutta One Fortunate Attachment and encourages us to be open to our experiences, the signs and features being our own likes and dislikes and particular emphases and biases. It is part of a comprehensive training path revealed in the Sutta.

‘Come you monk, be guarded as to the doors of the sense-organs; having seen a material shape with the eye, do not grasp at its signs and features; for if one dwells with the organ of sight uncontrolled, covetousness and dejection, evil, unskillful states of mind, may flow in.

From the 7th Dalai Lama

An adaptation from the writings of the seventh Dalai Lama, who passed on in 1757.

This short passage focuses on the essential ingredient in any relationship that is generosity. I’ve got a friend who once said to me ‘for a relationship to work, you need to give more than your fair share’.

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The Buddha reminds us of the right approach in his famous metaphor of the raft from the Majjhima Nikaya.

In it, he describes a situation, where a man standing on the near shore, which is dangerous, needs to get to the far shore, which is safe.

There are no bridges or ferries so he builds a raft; it is not fancy, but adequate to get him across. Once on that far shore it has served its purpose, and a wise man leaves it where it is, without dragging it with him as an encumbrance.

— Buddha