In the Buddhist scriptures it is frequently said how precious this human life is and how rare the opportunity to hear the teachings. In the course of our countless existences, this current one, where we have a human birth, is a very, very vital juncture. It’s a period of time that has great meaning; it’s a precious period of time. It’s during this very precious window of time that we should strive to make our goals for studying Buddhism, setting them as high as we can. If our goal in practising Buddhism or in being a Buddhist is simply to attain worldly benefits in this life then this is really too low a goal to have set for ourselves. It’s a very common, vulgar kind of aspiration. Rather, what we need is to cultivate is the aspiration to benefit all living beings, all beings everywhere, in the entire universe: that is what we should be working on.In addition to the aspiration to assist in helping all living beings to be free from suffering, we should also be working on the aspiration to help in leading all beings to attain every kind of happiness. It is these two together, these two aspirations, that form the overall great compassion which is the standard of the Mahayana teachings.
Depicted from "Meditation & Tantra in Harmony - Part 15" June 2015, Melbourne Australia