True compassion is something that is always on the move, and is something that is always in a state of readiness.
We usually think of compassion as something that sometimes moves, sometimes is responsive, and sometimes is dormant. We might see a very serious situation of a sentient being suffering, then we think that our compassion rises to the occasion and performs some tasks. And then, after that situation has passed, our compassion goes back to a dormant state.
But true compassion isn’t really like that. Of course compassion is not a physical thing, but I think it’s appropriate to say that compassion is always on the move, it’s always ready for action or ready to accomplish the mission, if you will. Compassion is there in any occurrence of happiness or suffering that might be before us, whether it’s directly before our eyes or whether it’s simply in our heart and in our mind. If we can stay with this type of ever moving, ever active compassion at all times, then I think that’s what the meaning of true compassion is.
His Holiness the Karmapa
When some people are introduced to certain practices found within Buddhism, they are so overwhelmed by the learning of them, that they don’t even attempt to do them. This defeatist attitude is of course most damaging to their path.
Naturally, it takes time to become familiar with something new. We can perhaps all remember what it was like when we had to learn something for the first time.
Look what happens when somebody first learns to drive. They're overwhelmed by the thought of having to simultaneously engage with the steering, indicating, gear changing, and braking, while being aware of everything that is going on around them. For the first few attempts, their driving is very laboured, and is ridden with mistakes. But with enough patience and effort, they will eventually be able to drive perfectly with complete confidence, and with very little effort.
Therefore, try not to become perturbed when introduced to new practices found within Buddhism. Even the greatest masters were once newcomers who had to go through the early stages of learning how to do them - and look what they eventually achieved!
So rather than letting defeatism creep in, engage in the learning and the actual practice with enthusiastic perseverance, and don’t give up – because guaranteed, sooner or later, the practice will definitely come together, and results will definitely arise.
Even though that which is usually called “mind” is widely esteemed and much discussed, still it is not understood or it is wrongly understood or it is understood in a one-sided manner only. Since it is not understood correctly, just as it is in itself, there comes into existence inconceivable numbers of philosophical ideas and assertions.
Furthermore, since ordinary beings do not understand it, they do not recognize their own nature. Instead they continue to wander in samsara and experience suffering. Therefore, not understanding your own mind is a very grievous fault.
Our difficulty is we don’t see things as they really are. Dharma helps us to understand how to see things as they actually are. When we do this, it stops our negative mind, negative projections, and negative emotions. Then our life becomes simpler and more peaceful, and it also gives us a great opportunity to take more responsibility, with more compassion, and we can handle problems in a much more positive way.
Problems then don’t become real problems. We become more accepting and understanding of what is happening around us, whether it concerns business or relatives. There is no separation; there are not two worlds, of business and private life.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche