Speak with sincere and coherent words In a soft and gentle tone, Words that are clear in meaning And rooted in compassion. When looking at others, Drink them in with your eyes And open to them your heart, thinking That through them you will come to awakening. Great benefit arises from aspiring To labor in the fields of virtue and kindness, And from being the antidote To the suffering of sentient beings. Shantideva
Everybody is learning. ‘Disciple’ means ‘one who learns’. But the generally accepted meaning is that a disciple is one who follows someone, some guru, some silly person. But both the follower and the one who is followed are not learning.You cannot follow anybody. The moment you follow somebody you are making yourself an idiot and the one whom you follow is also an idiot - because they have stopped learning.
... so what I want to tell you, and this is one of the most profound things I can say to you, is that if you and I are going to be ‘peacers’, if you and I are going to be people that are going to help the evolutionary process happen, we have got to be able to look suffering right in the eye and not flicker a bit. We have to be able to keep our hearts open as Hell. This game is not for the faint of heart.