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So what one develops is compassion.  Compassion allows us to accept everything.  That is why there is always a tear in the eye of the Buddha that no one sees for the pain and suffering of others.  Because without that requisite knowledge of that pain and suffering, you are mortal.

You only become immortal when you feel the suffering of others and become one with it, and you feel the joy of others and become one with it, and yet step beyond both into mortality itself and dissolve in Eternity.  And yet that tear remains even after enlightenment, even though it is invisible.  It is only visible to those who know.  And there is no way to will that.  It will come when it will through the grace of God. 

And therefore, to be so absurd or so knowledgeable, or even as a teacher, autocratic, or to assume anything at almost any time seems to forget that there is a tear in the eye of the Buddha and that we are all Buddha, and we all have that tear.  But because we are so caught up in the illusions of Self Realization that we forget that our Self Realization is of little importance, and that what matters is the welfare of others.  And when you forget that, you forget what matters, and only when you remember that will enlightenment occur. 

When you become totally concerned with the welfare of others without any sense of self-importance - it is only with that complete commitment and simplicity and humility and humor that is engendered by taking on the impossible task of selfless giving, and doing it anyway - perfectly - without any sense of self - that real progress begins to occur.  That is the preparation for the higher enlightenment.  It is a noble endeavor. 


Buddhism is Yoga
The central practice, as I suggest it, is meditation. And just in your overall understanding, you keep hearing me say buddhism is yoga, yoga is buddhism; buddhism is not a singular way. It's a compilation of ways and it's organic, it changes. It's a science of self-discovery.
Buddhism is yoga. Yoga started, who knows when, a long time ago, when the first person learned that they could still their thoughts and experience eternity and access the higher planes of mind and the spheres of perfection that exist in the mind of the universe, in the central nexxus of nirvana.
Buddhism does not have a start and an ending. It was not 'started' by any historical figure. It's a body of ways and beliefs and traditions which will enable a person, when practiced correctly, to experience enlightened states of mind. Occasionally in each age and in different lands, a buddha is born, that is to say an enlightened person, who simply recodifies in a new land, they recodify the ways, the practices. They make changes that are just intelligent changes that adapt to a new century, a new culture.  But buddhism doesn't come from anybody. It exists by itself. It's the practice of becoming completely conscious, overcoming depression, fear, anxiety, jealousy and the things that cause pain, attachment, and learning to exist in beautiful states of mind. 
- "Buddhism", The Enlightenment Cycle 
Buddhism is a practice in which we learn to avoid injuring others, and ourselves. It's a practice in which we learn to respond to beauty and to respond to difficult circumstances with patience, with a sense of calm, with clarity. Because we know we have lived before and we will always live, in one lifetime or another. Because you've experienced that in meditation, that knowledge comes to you and that power.
We're not really afraid of things. We're not afraid of death. We're not afraid of life.  
 - "Buddhism", The Enlightenment Cycle
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