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Words come to me when I am ready for them. I doubt if I could have understood the great depth of this word had it come to me last year or the year before last or anytime before that. The Tibetan word ‘nying-je’ took me by surprise when I came across it yesterday in the unputdownable book ‘Tibet, Tibet’ by Patrick French.
Translated simply as compassion, the term ‘nying-je’ has a wealth of meaning that the author finds difficult to convey succinctly. It connotes love, affection, kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit and warm heartedness – all those things I now look for around me and try to absorb into my heart. The word is also used as a term for sympathy and endearment.
The book says : “For a Tibetan, ‘nying-je’ it is a principle that has to be adhered to even at times of hardship and provocation, as an expression of shared suffering.” I am not surprised with this and utterly happy to have as an example a Tibetan friend who to me is an embodiment of this word. I am dreaming of a world where every human being will harbour in them all that this word encompasses.