The fifth treasure is respect for others.
Everyone has inherited the buddha nature, the source of all beautiful attributes and wonderful qualities which constitute the world of living beings and the cosmos at large. This is why we should respect everyone, not just humans, but even animals and the energies of the insentient universe. To have respect for everyone is an antidote to obscurations such as pride and arrogance. We may feel quite special, but realize that others are also special. Everyone has beautiful qualities, so we need to equalize any attitudes that stand between ourselves and all other sentient beings.

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