Starting with generosity, we learn to loosen our identity. We learn that there is more to the world than our "self". In doing so we lessen our suffering and our heart begins to open to the suffering of others.
Eventually we learn that the self is empty and fictitious. Upon full realization, it is said that suffering ceases.
“All the suffering there is in this world arises from wishing our self to be happy. All the happiness there is in this world arises from wishing others to be happy.” ~ Shantideva
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