Six Ways of Ruling - Five of Six

Being artful means acting with great dignity. We continually examine the influences in our environment. If everyone in our circle flatters or agrees with us, our self-awareness will become cloudy like a faded mirror.

Consideration of others is the root of being artful. With artfulness, we open up a situation with wisdom rather than close it down with our own negativity. We want to draw people out, not suppress them. Instead of forcing our opinion on them, we try to create space. The questions we ask are often as important as the answers we offer. In that space, they can learn to use discernment and discipline to discover their own wisdom.
— By our teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche