'Compassion' Chapter


Compassion is recognition of distress and identification with the distressed party. Not drawing a line between yourself and the other. Compassion involves a form of knowledge or it isn’t possible. Knowing oneself and others. On some instinctual level we feel that we are a part of the life that goes on around us. We intuit that things that happen in our world should matter to us.

We feel our life. It’s how we know life in ourselves or anyone else. Do you see life or do you see thought? Thinking comes only after the eyes report to your inner spirit or feelings. You need life, yet you limit life, even choke it off. Thoughts and ideas can serve life. What would we call that if this were the case? Compassion?

Compassion is possible. It is there in all of us.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama (Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, b.1935)

“Compassion is the basis of all morality” Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher, 1788-1860)

What is Compassion?

A thing they say is not appropriately functioning in me is what we have as our subject today, compassion. Who are “they”? Scientists, and their analysis of autism spectrum disorders. So I will ask, what is compassion? Understanding situations and… Seek More

A Form of Knowledge

We easily recognize “people’s needs” and distinguish them from our own needs. How complicated are our own needs? To handle another’s distress we need to be centered to deal with it. Most people can’t be centered in their own distress.… Seek More

Safe Society?

They have discovered in deep examination of brain function, using what they call functional magnetic resonance imaging, that many more processes go on in our brain than we are aware of, and they have found much of it rather surprising.… Seek More

People Are Life

We know people we would call compassionate. What are they like? Very present centered. Yes. They are present centered these people with compassion. When the baby is crying, can you put it off till tomorrow? Do your instincts make you… Seek More

Do You Feel Whole?

We exist in a fabric of being, not of thinking. Our thinking can potentially derive its content from this pre-existing being. There was something there that was thrown out yet again in the age of reason, in the name of… Seek More

Life Running

Do you feel freer floating in a void or riding the waves expertly? Ever watch waves on water? Just gentle ripples, I mean. They run their course as is their nature, and the outcome always seems certain, no? Unless they… Seek More

Compassion is Possible

What has value other than life? Can you value your own life without valuing all life? Even research would suggest no. They have established a link between abuse of animals and abuse of humans even in those who are otherwise… Seek More