Category Archives: Compassion

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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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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