We must be careful when we tap into the massive suffering in the world, not to be crushed and overwhelmed. Recognizing others’ suffering opens our hearts to compassion. It does not close our hearts. This is a defining moment. It sets the tone for all we do. It underlies our attitudes and motivations, putting us on the path to serve others, the path of the Bodhisattva working towards enlightenment. Time is not an issue. Failure is not an issue. All that matters are love and compassion.
Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. Even tiny insects survive by mutual cooperation based on innate recognition of their interconnectedness. It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of […]
Empathy and compassion
Last night in Tokyo with my Human Values Institute group we discussed in some detail the distinctions between empathy and compassion. I had just stepped off a 12+ hour flight, and spent about 20 hours […]
When another person makes you suffer
“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he/she suffers deeply within him/herself, and his/her suffering is spilling over. He/she does not need punishment; rather needs help,” Thich Nhat Hahn. HH Dalai Lama often […]