Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6) Virtue #3 – Compassion

Compassion as the virtuous desire to alleviate the sorrow and difficulties of others by putting forth whatever effort necessary to help people in pain. A compassionate person treats all living beings as one's own self, wanting the welfare and good of the other living being and when everyone's suffering is seen as one's own suffering. 

Sympathy should not be confused with Compassion. Although sympathy is the first step to compassion, sympathy is feeling or emotion you experience. Compassion is the action you take to alleviate another living being’s pain. Compassion is the action of putting sympathy into practice. By placing one's mind in other's favor, thereby seeking to understand the other from their perspective and after we observed and understood the pain and suffering in others, taking action to help them through their trying times.

Genuine compassion is not based on expectations, but on the happiness of others - irrespective of whether another person is a close friend or an enemy, as long as that person wishes for peace and happiness and wishes to overcome suffering, then on that basis we develop a genuine concern for his or her problems and do whatever is required to help such a person, without expecting anything in return.

Expressing compassion fills people’s lives with happiness and by doing so, you fill your own soul with an abundance of joy.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”
Dalai Lama

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