We have all been taught the being selfish is a bad thing, but according to the Dalai Lama, there are 2 different types of selfishness, and only one of them is "bad."
Wise selfishness is what we want to aim for. When we are wise selfish, we take the time to meet our own needs, while also supporting the needs of others. This is the kind of selfishness that can lead to joy.
The other selfishness, that has been demonized, is what the Dalai Lama refers to as "foolish selfishness" in The Book of Joy. Foolish selfishness is when we refrain from balancing our needs with the needs of others, and instead seek only for our gain and manipulate and exploit others for ourselves.
So, how do we, and how do you, find the balance needed to be wise selfish?
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Theresa Destrebecq, the founder of the EBC, is the primary contributor, with some sprinklings of guests posts from EBC members.
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