Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Compassion is not an emotion

Compassion is not an emotion. It is a way of being that has it's own set of emotions, which have been categorized by both Buddhist and christian monks and mystics. Compassion can be applied to another person or to yourself. True compassion does not know the difference. Religions often focus on helping strangers or enemies because this is likely to arise only from true compassion. Helping friends or ourselves can arise from compassion or from selfishness. Because it is easy to get confused it is best to understand compassion through compassion to strangers and enemies. However, compassion applies to everyone, including ourselves

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