If we meditate on and develop compassion—the wish that all others be without suffering—we hold within us the essence of all other Dharma practices.
We should unhesitatingly give ourselves to any beneficial task, no matter what it might be. We should be like warriors and face any task without a trace of fear or reticence.
Adverse circumstances test our courage, our strength of mind, and the depth of our conviction in the Dharma.
Letting ourselves be blown about by the winds of negativities indicates that we have a completely misguided approach to life. Instead, we should savor the lasting delight that arises from skillful behavior and meditation.
Because discouragement only weakens the awakening mind, we should not allow ourselves to be affected by what others say or do, no matter how cruel it may be.
–Geshe Rabten & Geshe Dhargyey, Advice from a Spiritual Friend