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Friday, May 28, 2010

Cultivate Compassion

Here's the second in our series of "The Five Cultivates": Cultivate Compassion.

This word "compassion" is widely misunderstood. It's often thought to mean merely "pity" or "kindness."

It is so much more.

At its highest cultivation, compassion becomes an identity with those who are suffering. Lest you think this is some high-falutin' Buddhist idea, just remember the words of John Donne:

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.

When one suffers, we all suffer.

So for pity's sake (!) Cultivate Compassion. You (and all sentient beings) will be happier.

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