Category Archives: Compassion

Practicing friendliness

The Buddha, and many teachers after his time, recommended practicing  mettā (loving-kindness) regularly as a remedy for the hindrance of ill-will. In this practice, we meet ill-will with mindfulness when it’s present, and when it’s absent, we practice mettā. If we … Continue reading

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How to support a suffering friend

When someone we know is ill or suffering a great loss, there are many ways we can help and just as many ways in which we can unconsciously harm. Often when we don’t know what to say, we either avoid … Continue reading

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Start where you are

Having thought for a few weeks about mindfulness and how to appreciate and develop it in ourselves, it might be a good time to figure out what our current status is with respect to our growth as individuals. Readers of … Continue reading

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Right Action – the social contract

The second of the three factors in the “ethical” or “morality” section of the Eightfold Path is Right Action. For laypeople (that’s us) this refers to the five precepts: “I undertake the training rule to… refrain from killing, refrain from … Continue reading

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Right Intention

Right view and right intention, which together make up the “wisdom” section of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, are inseparable if we are living our daily life with the goal of reducing harm and cultivating joy. Once we start to recognize … Continue reading

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How to care

In his book Don’t Push, Ajahn Amaro tells the moving story of his mother’s final illness and shares a useful lesson. Ajahn Amaro’s sister took their mother, Mrs. Horner, to a doctor when her skin color turned odd, which the … Continue reading

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Radical compassion

Sometimes we discover ideas in the most surprising places. In a footnote in Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind, he says this: “Only the Buddha, for example, preached compassion for all sentient beings, including animals” and then he cites a … Continue reading

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