desirous people

The term ‘desirous people’ deserves clarification because in our society it carries specifically sexual overtones which Shantideva didn’t intend. In this instance we might replace ‘desirous people’ with ‘consumerists’, because in this verse Shantideva refers to a particular aspect of Buddhist psychology which suggests that much of our unhappiness is created by attachment/desire at one end of the spectrum, and its opposite, aversion/hatred, at the other.

David Michie in ‘Enlightenment to Go’ commenting on the words of the eighth century Buddhist monk, Shantideva

quote from the Dalai Lama from Sept 7

Dalai Lama – My true religion, my simple faith is in love and compassion. There is no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are – these are ultimately all we need.