May those who follow this path always be surrounded by the compassionate love of all Buddhas
of the past, present, and future,
and may they always meet awakened teachers.
Meeting and hanging out with those wiser than us is a big deal. Without realizing it, we absorb ideas and examples of ways of living and viewing experiences that will stand us in good stead. It may seem like no big deal, but being able to meet such people and be in their circle is the result of the good virtue and merit that arises from selfless actions.
People may think that those who are kind and generous are just suckers and victims, fools who don’t know how the world works, but they are the ones who do understand: Helping others cleanses my own heart. Even when I try to help others just because they need it, with no expectation of getting anything back, sometimes it feels like I got the most from the experience.