Establishing all beings in the dharma ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
A bodhisattva benefits all beings equally, without discriminating between enemies and friends. Giving food, clothes and the like to others can only bring them temporary and limited relief; it does not help them at the moment they die, nor after their death. But if you can establish all beings in the dharma, you will help them in a way that is both immediately beneficial and beneficial for their future lives. Practicing the dharma enables them to free themselves from samsara and achieve enlightenment – so that is the way to truly repay your parents’ kindness. Any other way is not enough.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book “The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva” http://amzn.to/18Ko0OO
translated by Padmakara Translation Group