I Feel Your Brain

Sharon Salzberg speaks with Daniel Goleman about altruism, mirror neurons, and how the human brain is wired for compassion.

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I remember when Munindraji, one of my meditation teachers, said to me very early on in my practice, "The Buddha's enlightenment solved the Buddha's problem; now you solve yours." It was a great moment of confidence in me—I felt like he really believed I could. I've often thought that one of the great things we get from our teachers is their faith in us. I think so. There's a strong tradition among dharma teachers, quite skillful in view of social intelligence, to rejoice in the inherent ability of their students to become more free. We can do this for each other, this rejoicing in others' abilities, in the sangha, too.

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