If we don’t put on the armour of the bodhisattvas who willingly embrace others’ ingratitude, happiness will never come to those in cyclic existence. Therefore, willingly accept all that is undesirable.

– Dharmaraksita

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To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love. To know how to love someone, we have to understand them. To understand, we need to listen.

When you love someone, you should have the capacity to bring relief and help him to suffer less. This is an art. If you don’t understand the roots of his suffering, you can’t help, just as a doctor can’t help heal your illness if she doesn’t know the cause. You need to understand the cause of your loved one’s suffering in order to help bring relief.

The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand. They are two sides of one reality. The mind of love and the mind of understanding are the same.

—  Thich Nhat Hanh