In Buddhist understanding, the inner power to feel happy and joyful is a natural capacity of the mind’s nature that manifests within in positive attitudes and actions of compassion, honesty, generosity, patience, kindness, deep peace, and so forth. In addition, when someone consciously takes joy in others’ positive qualities and actions, and in their happiness, it helps her own mind break out of its shell of self-clinging to realize more of its essence of love and wisdom. In the meditation below, we enter into the practice of taking joy in the positive actions and happiness of beings, then release the visualization and all frames of reference into the openness and simplicity of the natural state, innate wisdom. This practice of joy and wisdom is a great support for the bodhisattva path of awakening. Please consult “TIPS for progress in practice” at the end of this handout before beginning the practice.
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Meditations of Innate Sympathetic Joy & Wisdom