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    Compassion and suffering

    Hi All,

    Here is a link to a really fine article by Christina Feldman about compassion, and how to meet the suffering of the world:

    Here's a small excerpt:

    "No matter how hard we try, we can’t make ourselves feel compassionate. But we can incline our hearts toward compassion. In one of the stories in the early Buddhist literature, the ascetic Sumedha reflects on the vast inner journey required to discover unshakeable wisdom and compassion. He describes compassion as a tapestry woven of many threads: generosity, virtue, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, loving-kindness, and equanimity. When we embody all of these in our lives, we develop the kind of compassion that has the power to heal suffering.

    A few years ago, an elderly monk arrived in India after fleeing from prison in Tibet. Meeting with the Dalai Lama, he recounted the years he had been imprisoned, the hardship and beatings he had endured, the hunger and loneliness he had lived with, and the torture he had faced.

    At one point the Dalai Lama asked him, “Was there ever a time you felt your life was truly in danger?”

    The old monk answered, “In truth, the only time I truly felt at risk was when I felt in danger of losing compassion for my jailers.”

    Hearing stories like this, we are often left feeling skeptical and bewildered. We may be tempted to idealize both those who are compassionate and the quality of compassion itself. We imagine these people as saints, possessed of powers inaccessible to us. Yet stories of great suffering are often stories of ordinary people who have found greatness of heart. To discover an awakened heart within ourselves, it is crucial not to idealize or romanticize compassion. Our compassion simply grows out of our willingness to meet pain rather than to flee from it."

    sat today

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    This is lovely Lisa, thank you for sharing. =)



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    Thank you for sharing..

    sat today

    Отправлено с моего Lenovo A680_ROW через Tapatalk
    Kaidō (皆道) Every Way
    Washin (和信) Harmony Trust
    I am a novice priest-in-training. Anything that I say must not be considered as teaching
    and should be taken with a 'grain of salt'.

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    wonderful. thank you for sharing.



    sat today

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    Interesting, this helps explain why compassion can look so different depending on the situation.... but when you sit, all the right elements somehow come together to guide its direction. Thank you!


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