Compassion

The cultivation of karuna, or compassion, which tempers wisdom's cool discernment
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    Capable Compassion Paid Member

    Compassion is not just an emotion one might feel after reading something sad or heartbreaking. Our compassion is a source of energy and strength. It is the basis for our actions in the world. From Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us, by Tai Moses © 2014 Parallax Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. More »
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    The Great Compassion Paid Member

    My eyes being hindered by blind passions,I cannot perceive the light that grasps me;Yet the great compassion, without tiring,Illumines me always. Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, The Collected Works of Shinran, Vol. 1.     More »
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    First Thought, Worst Thought Paid Member

    A student once asked me whether wisdom was the same as intuition. I thought for a minute and said, “No. I was absolutely certain that my first husband was my soul mate, my destiny. Boy, was I wrong!” Most of us can think of an instance in which we were completely sure of something and turned out to be mistaken, sometimes spectacularly so. Some of the things we “know without thinking about” are prejudices or unexamined views or preferences. More »
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    The Best Possible Habit Paid Member

    Karma is basically habit. It’s the momentum of repeated actions that become habitual. It’s in our best interest to develop as many positive habits as we can. In the Mahanama Sutta, the Buddha said, “Just as oil rises to the top of a pot submerged in water, your virtue, your goodness, your faith, or generosity will rise to the top, and that is what will carry you to your next destination.”  Practicing the good heart, or bodhicitta, is the essence of a good life and the best possible habit. Bodhicitta, which is a heart filled with love and compassion, is also the essence of a Buddha. It purifies negative karma and accumulates positive karma. Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “The main thing is to practice bodhicitta. Dying with bodhicitta is the best way to die.” More »
  • Cultivating Compassion: Third Week of Segyu Rinpoche's Retreat Paid Member

    In this week's online retreat teaching, Cultivating Compassion, Segyu Rinpoche discusses the development of compassion and warns of the harmful pitfalls that often stem from our desire to help others. More »