Finding Common Ground

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Finding Common Ground

Healing the divide between us

When we look at our world and the problems we face collectively, often the main cause is the differences we have in our opinions and thoughts on a whole. Whether it be countries at war, a nation divided, or squabbling among neighbors, it comes down to my view versus yours.

Failing to see things from another’s point of view is a main cause of our suffering, from the small inconveniences to the bigger issues with greater consequences. If we could learn to see things from other’s point of view, we can begin to heal the divide between us and experience more peace and harmony in our world.

Buddha taught that in truth, there is no difference between ourself and others. After all, we all want to be happy and none of us want to suffer. In this way, we are equal.

By putting these teachings into practice, we can understand this deeply and learn to cherish others in the same way as we cherish ourself. In this way, we can change our attitude towards others—no longer wishing to harm them but instead wanting to protect them—and begin to heal the divide between us.

In this meditation series, we will learn how we can adopt the mind that sees ourself and others as equal, cherishing others as much as we cherish ourself. By developing this rare and powerful mind, we can experience harmony in all our relationships—from our family, friends, and neighbors, to our community and the world.

Each class includes guided meditations, teaching, and time for Q&A (not available for online-only classes). A brief introduction of the topic will be presented followed by a guided meditation to settle the mind, the main teaching, and a closing guided meditation.

The main teaching will cover the class topic. It includes an explanation of Buddhist practices and methods to apply them to your daily life through meditation, contemplation, and effort. Reference to particular pages in books may be offered. It is not necessary to have the coursebook in order to benefit, but you may find it helpful. Further reading is always encouraged.

Each teaching ends with another guided meditation specifically to help students take the teaching to heart and be able to begin to practice on their own what they’ve learned in class.

Meaningful to Behold is a highly acclaimed commentary to the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous spiritual poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, one of the best loved and most important Mahayana Buddhist texts. It reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

Many people have the compassionate wish to benefit others, but few understand how to accomplish this successfully in daily life. Bodhisattvas are friends of the world who have such strong compassion that they are able to transform all their daily activities into ways of benefiting others. The path of the Bodhisattva was exquisitely explained in the universally loved poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Lifeby the 8th century master Shantideva. With this commentary, the full effectiveness and profundity of this wonderful poem are revealed in full and made applicable for our time. This practical handbook is essential for those wishing to follow a way of life characterized by greater empathy and compassion for others.

Preview the book here.

Meaningful to Behold can be purchased from our bookstore. Please contact our Treasurer, Brian Worthen, for details: 505-999-8656. It can also be purchased online at

Gen Kelsang Chokyan is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. He has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 16 years and teaches with warmth and enthusiasm, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our daily life.

$40/full course

Free for all KMC New Mexico monthly members. Become a monthly member for $35/month and get unlimited weekly meditation classes.

Everyone Welcome!