In Tibet, there is a saying, “When seen from afar, yaks look healthy and handsome; close up, they look like sickly sheep; but under their fleece, they are infested with lice and scabies.”
In other words, when we look at others from afar they may appear to have happiness, prestige, friends and wealth.
But when we get closer, we see that they are not very happy and their situation is not ideal. There is always something to complain about.
And when we get very close and examine their inner feelings, each person has his own set of worries and carries his own burden around with him. No one is in perfect happiness.
That is why the Buddha called samsara an ocean of suffering, not an ocean of bliss.
From Vajra Speech, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Sometimes I forget that other people are humans …
Everyone you meet is
fighting a battle you
know nothing about.
Be kind. Always.
Quote on a wall, NRK TV-serial: “Shame”