In this teaching, Lama Padma Gyatso talks about diminishing hopes and fears through the four thoughts. By applying these principals in our own life, we can arrive at a place of feeling that we finally have what we’ve been longing for.
Part of the very fabric of life is our constant search for happiness. We can try to have a positive outlook on things or maybe we can distract ourselves with activities we enjoy. But regardless of the outcome, nothing lasts forever and we find ourselves again and again facing the challenge of satisfying our needs. This cycle is what the Buddha called suffering and is the predicament we find ourselves in. That being said, there is a silver lining... we have the spiritual path.
Compassion—the aspiration that suffering cease—is a powerful antidote to self-centeredness that momentarily releases us from focusing on ourselves and our problems. Lama Padma talks about the benefits and usefulness of compassion. Recorded on Dec. 11th, 2016