Compassion in healthcare is extremely important, as the compassionate energy of our mind can add qualities to the medicine, nursing, or therapy, and to the healing process of the individual. Therefore, when caring for the sick, try and generate the same heartfelt wish as the great master Shantideva had, when he said, “May I be the doctor and the medicine, and may I be the nurse, for all sick beings in the world, until everyone is healed.”
Please be careful in the future to pay attention. Karma can be very subtle and tricky. We might think something is no big deal, but it may turn out to have serious consequences, so pay good attention to the karmic process. This is what every practitioner needs to pay attention to — even those with the highest realization.
Regardless of the emotion being experienced — be it desire, anger, pride, jealousy, envy, greed, or whatever — what is really going on is a shift in attention. The mind is expressing itself in a different way. Nothing implicitly requires one to presume that this emotion has any reality in and of itself… It is just that the mind is expressing itself in a different way than it was a moment ago.
As we wake in the morning and before we go to sleep at night, we remind ourselves that our goal is to develop and realize compassion. This is all we need. Other meditations and mantras are useful but it is only compassion that embodies the very deepest wisdom. To carry out our decision to liberate every sentient being, our day should begin and end with the thought of removing all suffering for everyone, forever.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche