Dec 30, 2018
In this episode we look at how to improve our consideration for others. Consideration for others is defined as a distinct mental factor that avoids actions that harm others for their sake. It enables us to restrain from harmful physical, verbal and mental actions. Consideration for others acts as the basis for maintaining pure ethical conduct, prevents others from losing faith in us, and causes joy to arise in others’ minds.
We studied verse 37 of The Dhammapada, a book containing the words of the Buddha spoken on various occasions and written down by his followers:
Incorporeal and hidden
Is the mind.
Those who restrain it
Will be freed of Mara’s bonds.”
The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. Shambala, Boston and London, 2011, pp. 9.
Abhidharmasamuccaya, The Compendium of the Higher Teaching (Philosophy) by Asanga. Originally translated into French and annotated by Warpola Rahula. English version from the French by Sara Boin-Webb. ASIAN HUMANITIES PRESS, Fremont, California, jainpub.com, pp. 8-10.