Category Archives: Compassion

Empathy without anxiety

Our thinking mind loves to diagnose. … Certainly the intellect does have its place; it is truly useful to be able to figure out how things work but we can be over-prone to that. We can unwittingly take refuge in … Continue reading

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Compassion

Some people think that the origin of all religious feeling and all religious systems is the fact of suffering — the big ouch! Every human being experiences and witnesses suffering and feels an urgent desire to not experience or witness … Continue reading

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Don’t push

In all Buddhist traditions, the four “divine abodes” are mettā (boundless kindness), karunā (compassion), muditā (sympathetic joy), and upekkhā (equilibrium). In one significant way, these four “unlimited” mind states are closely related to each other: they all have to do with relationships … Continue reading

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Responding vs reacting

Further to our conversation in the past few posts, here is a clarifying question and answer from Ajahn Amaro’s book, “I’m Right, You’re Wrong!”: Question: Going back to the story about the monk, if someone is harming others, when, how … Continue reading

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Forgive and give space

Such a rich story (see two previous posts) – it’s made me consider my actions from a new perspective. First thought is that we should have some compassion for Ajahn Sumedho. He was a young monk in a strange and … Continue reading

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Fighting or working for justice?

Friends, I’m off on a pilgrimage to Sri Lanka and will be away from the internet for 2.5 weeks. I’ve scheduled an inspiring and thought-provoking story, in two parts, to be posted while I’m away. It is taken verbatim from … Continue reading

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Non-conflict

I proclaim such a teaching that espouses non-contention with anyone in the world. (Words of the Buddha from MN 18.4) Wildmind.org recently published a relevant and helpful post titled To be less conflicted with others, be less conflicted within yourself. In it, Bodhipaksa … Continue reading

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