Training the Mind: Verse 1
With a determination to achieve the highest aim
For the benefit of all sentient beings
Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem,
May I hold them dear at all times.
See the link below for an expanded explanation on this verse by the Dalai Lama. But may I add my 2 cents. Beside that the Dalai Lama is teaching us compassion, the key in this verse is ALL I think. Why, because we have no trouble feeling a friend’s pain or even a neighbor’s misfortune. We can identify. We can feel love and compassion for them.
But back to ALL beings. This stretches us because we have put up walls and boundaries with respect to certain people or groups. What about that group over there that keeps giving me the evil eye. What about this one over here that steals and lies. And that one that rapes and kills. No compassion from me because I must protect MY self. Hmmm.
If compassion were easy, we wouldn’t need to practice it. Taking down the walls and becoming all compassionate beings to ALL other beings is tough. Yes it’s challenging, but what satisfaction is there in walking around in our own defensive prison cells. Maybe it’s time to dismantle them. And try out freedom.