The Torch of Certainty, Session 4
Monlam Pavilion, Bodhgaya, India
January 4, 2014
In the last session of his teaching on the Torch of Certainty, the Karmapa drew a vivid picture, in very few words, of a world without love, updating Jamgon Kongtrul’s classic commentary with a description that cracked the prison walls of samsara to let the light get in.
Normally when we talk about danger we think of the elements; we think of unforeseeable natural disasters or epidemics. But worse than any of these is the danger that we will become a species without compassion. Slowly without our noticing it, we could become transformed into a society completely without compassion. This world could become a place where there is no caring for one another. But this will not happen if we are willing to help one another, willing to love one another. We can prevent that danger.
We all have within us the seed of compassion. We’re not like burned seeds that cannot sprout. We have the natural capacity for it. Why is it so hard for us to generate great compassion? It is natural Read the rest of this article