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Compassion

Compassion is often misunderstood. This is partly because we do not have an equivalent word in English that gives the full meaning of ‘nyingje’ or ‘karuṇā’. It includes enlightened wisdom to eliminate the deepest level […]

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Wishing and acting to relieve suffering

Compassion is often misunderstood. We don’t have a good English word for ‘nyingje’ in Tibetan, or ‘karuṇā’ in Sanskrit. In addition to ‘wishing and acting to relieve suffering,’ compassion is nourished by wisdom. It is […]

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Recognize, and let go

Compassion for others works best starting with compassion for ourselves. During this most challenging time of our lives, taking good care of ourselves is paramount. It is a matter of survival. Let’s make recognizing feeling […]

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Genuine compassion

Sometimes when we practice compassion, others may take advantage of us. They may even bully or abuse us. In general, compassion means helping others reduce and eliminate their suffering. Practically, if we allow the bully […]

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The best approach

Compassion is the ticket. It is best approach to fighting injustice, the best approach to helping others, and the best approach to our own deeper happiness. Every living being has been our kind mother in […]

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Strong and wise, but without anger or violence

Compassion is often misunderstood. Partly because we do not have a good word in English that gives the full meaning of ‘nyingje’ or ‘karuṇā’. Not only is this general compassion, it includes enlightened wisdom. There […]

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Wake up to a rapidly changing reality

The world is changing rapidly and will never be the same. We know this from a Buddhist and eastern perspective of impermanence. Now it is hitting us in the face with new stark realities seen […]

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The coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is low-hanging fruit to practice compassion. There are millions, if not billions of people around the world suffering on my levels. For those who’ve died, breathe in their pain and breathe out […]

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Happy Chotrul Duchen

Happy Chotrul Duchen, the day Shakyamuni Buddha miraculously demonstrated his teachings to preserve them for us. This is one of the four most important days in the Buddhist calendar. Please be extra careful today not […]

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The Buddhist understanding of compassion

The word compassion is often misunderstood. In English it has Christian overtones that include pity, turning the other cheek, and weakness. It is often seen as powerless. But the Buddhist understanding of compassion is much […]