As ordinary people, we often complain about others abusing us, disrespecting us, and harming us. But if we practice exchanging self for others — the letting go of self-cherishing thought and cherishing others instead — these troubles simply stop. As we do this practice we will find we no longer receive harm from others and instead experience much peace, happiness, and success. Practice becomes easier and liberation and enlightenment become that much closer. Every moment of every day becomes one of contentment and happiness. Cherishing others is like a great holiday for the mind, a wonderful vacation from the oppressive self-cherishing thought.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
from the book The Four Noble Truths: A Guide for Everyday Life
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