FACEBOOK, July 28, 2015: I promise this will be my last excerpt from Thupten Jinpa la’s new book. As I finished reading it last night, I thought this particular passage pasted below was important to share because it placed compassion in a context between its function to an individual and its value to a community as a whole, and the passage elaborates further in defining the true meaning of compassion by differentiating it with empathy. Lastly, it concludes with the key need to balance the two compassion, balancing the self-compassion and having compassion for others (those who are close within our circle and then slowly extending it outside of our circle, where truly genuine compassion arises).
I know to some, compassion is perceived as a ‘kumbaya’ idea or many don’t even consider exploring the idea of compassion because they feel confident that they know enough about it to feel that they don’t have to read a book on it. But I argue, we know and agree that it’s conventional wisdom to know you have to help others, be compassionate to others and be kind to strangers but knowing that in our daily lives we still constantly face and have to deal with anger, self-doubt, frustration, stress and jealousy. Why is that?
That’s the reason why I explore Buddhism to seek solutions and prescription to that question or dilemma. Continue reading