- " . . . some people get the impression that compassion,
lovingkindness, forgiveness, these things are religious matter. So
someone who has no special interest in religion then these people
also seem completely neglected about these inner values. I think
that's a mistake.
"Firstly, these basic human values are from the birth, these are very
much living, but religious faith comes later. Then also you see
people feel the practice of compassion is something good for other,
not necessarily to oneself. I think that is totally a mistake.
"So I think a sense of compassion, sense of caring, a sense of
concern for the other actually, I think, widens our mind.
"So on the other hand, the self-centered think only of oneself. Then
whole of mind then narrowed. As a result, even small problems look,
appear unbearable. Think about others: widens our mind."
~ H. H. the Dalai Lama, from a public talk in Boston - transcript of
excerpts from the Dalai Lama's speech given at the Fleet Center in
Boston, September 14, 2003.
May this be of Benefit.
- "The Dalai Lama was once asked
"who is your role model?"
He replied immediately,
"The Weeper. The Weeper is a man in Tibet who is so moved by even the
smallest or slightest suffering, that he weeps whenever he sees
Shedding tears of compassion is one of the dimensions of being human.
Our feelings are not just about our "personal stuff".
They're part of the gift of our emotional intelligence,
part of the gift of our larger selves.
This is not to say we should indulge or wallow in our pain for the
Nor is it good to wallow in too many TV/media images of suffering.
Stay fairly well-informed,
but stay open to the immediacy of life around you,
and allow compassion to arise from that."