It is important to remember that we do not need to be a monk or of aristocratic birth or possess a male body in order to develop bodhichitta. Although Shantideva uses the title ‘son of the buddhas,’ he is not using it restrictively. When a woman develops the mind of enlightenment she becomes known as a daughter or princess of the buddhas and likewise becomes an object to be venerated by all gods and humans.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold”
We know that when our mind is impure because we are feeling angry with our friend, we see him as bad; but when our mind is pure because we are feeling affectionate love for the same friend, we see him as good. Therefore, it is because of changing our own mind from pure to impure or from impure to pure that for us our friend changes from good to bad or from bad to good. This indicates that everything that is good, bad or neutral for us is a projection of our mind and has no existence outside our mind.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (via panatmansam)
(Reblogged from crimson-twinkie)
One of the advantages of humility is that it enables us to learn from everyone. A proud person cannot learn from other people because he feels he already knows better than they. On the other hand, a humble person who respects everyone and recognizes that they may even be emanations of Buddha has the openness of mind to learn from everyone and every situation.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”


The law of karma is a special instance of the law of cause and effect, according to which all our actions of body, speech, and mind are causes and all our experiences are their effects. The law of karma explains why each individual has a unique mental disposition, a unique physical appearance, and unique experiences.

Transform Your Life, A Blissful Journey, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

(Reblogged from kadampapennies)
Someone may not have a high position in society, but if in his heart he maintains loving kindness toward all living beings, in reality he is a realized being.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”
Although all accomplished practitioners of training the mind practice humility, they will nonetheless accept whatever social position enables them to benefit the most living beings. Such a practitioner may become a wealthy, powerful, and respected member of society, but his or her only motivation for doing so would be to benefit others.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”
For a practitioner of training the mind all living beings are equally precious, both because they are immensely kind and because they act as supreme objects for developing and increasing his or her spiritual realizations. For such a practitioner no single being is inferior or less important, not even an insect.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”

Eight Steps to Happiness: Developing Humility

Developing humility is probably one of the hardest spiritual practices for most people. Humility is practicing viewing ourself as lower than, rather than higher than or superior to others. This does not mean that we develop self-loathing in the process, but that we become so focused on cherishing others that our own selfish desires become unimportant to us.

There are three reasons why practitioners of training the mind practice humility: 1) they don’t use up their merit on worldly attainments, 2) they accumulate a vast amount of merit, and 3) because they understand that there really is no inherently existent self anyway. If we view our self or I as the lowest of all and as something not worth cherishing, our self-cherishing mind will naturally decrease and our love for others will increase.

Another reason to practice humility with others, even those we conventionally regard as inferior to us, is because Buddhas can manifest as anyone and anything, and therefore we have no idea who is and is not actually a Buddha. If we regard all other living beings as potential emanations of a Buddha, we will probably treat them with more respect and avoid any negative actions toward them.

Loving others is principally an attitude of mind, and the way in which we express it depends on the needs and wishes of each individual as well as our karmic connection with them. We cannot physically care for everyone, but we can develop a caring attitude toward all beings.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”