We as people are self-motivated and work primarily to solve our own good.  We don’t seek to lighten others loads, and tend to primarily focus on our own needs. We then give our second greatest attention to solving the needs of our family. Biologically, we want our brothers, sisters, parents, and children to survive because they each possess 50% or more of our genetic information. Thus, by ensuring the well-being of our family, we are enabling our genetic material to continue to produce.

However, there is altruism, kindness and generosity. But, most people give when it makes them happy. If a person gives a million bucks to charity, it is usually because they need a tax break, or more commonly, they enjoy the feeling of giving away the money more than they enjoy the money. So, in essence, they are really giving to themselves. And, needless to say, when a person demonstrates an act of kindness, some form of repayment is generally expected whether in the form of a thank you and/or further praise.

I am not Buddhist, but there is a lot of wisdom in their teachings. A Bodhisattva is an individual who is motivated by pure compassion and love. All Buddhists have the goal of achieving the level of enlightenment of the Buddha and other avatars. “Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term which translates as: Bodhi [enlightenment] and sattva [being].” Many consider Jesus to be a bodhisattva, as the main reason for wanting to become like the Buddha is to help others.  “The Bodhisattva will undergo any type of suffering to help another sentient being, whether a tiny insect or a huge mammal.”

So how does one attain enlightenment? In order to enter the Bodhisattva way, the mind must become enlightened. Thus, training is needed and it begins by attempting to exhibit the 6 Perfections.

  1. Generosity
  2. Ethics
  3. Patience
  4. Effort
  5. Concentration
  6. Wisdom.