What’s Jodi Reading Now #4: The Wise Heart

The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield: Principle 1 of 24

Nobility of Heart

This celebrated guide to Buddhist psychology has so touched my heart that I would like to share it slowly, deliciously, in 24 installments, including quotes that Kornfield includes in his work.

The first principle of Buddhist psychology:

See the inner nobility and beauty of all human beings.

O Nobly Born, O you of glorious origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind.  Trust it.  Return to it.  It is home.  ~ Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Then it was if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts, where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in the eyes of the Divine.  If only they could all see themselves as they really are.  If only we could see each other that way all the time.  There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed….I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.  ~ Thomas Merton

I see you and acknowledge your wondrous, divine nature.

Much love, Jodi


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