With the thought of attaining awakening
For the welfare of all beings,
Who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel,
I will constantly practice holding them dear.
This verse, from the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Geshe Langri Thangpa Dorje, elucidates the entire point and essence of spiritual practice.
To the extant that I hold other beings dear, with warm-hearted affection and compassion, with acceptance and tolerance, with empathy and sympathetic joy that encourages goodness in others – to that extant my life will have meaning. To that extant I will approach awakening.
Today, I will practice this verse.