Wisdom and compassion. Macclesfield, 2013

James Low

Macclesfield, 22-24 February 2013

Transcribed by Lois Hague
Edited by Barbara Terris
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…Compassion is hospitality to everything…
…The Sanskrit term Dharmadhatu – here ‘dharma’ means phenomena and ‘dhatu’ means ‘space’, so it’s the space within which phenomena arise. I have recently started translating it as ‘infinite hospitality’ because the space of the mind can be hospitable to anything, just as the mirror is hospitable to whatever image arises in it…
The mirror is showing whatever it’s showing because of its hospitality and we are stupid and blind when we don’t recognise and honour the hospitality of here and now…
…Tibetans have a word ‘cha’ which means something like ‘a share’, ‘a portion’, or what your ‘slice‘ is. Our slice of the world is revealed to us through our participation. We get what we get and working with what we get keeps us alive and connected with what is vital. Imagining we should be getting something else means that we don’t notice what is on our own plate. To be always looking at somebody else’s plate is not necessarily very useful…