Wise and Unwise Compassion

I used to think that compassion meant taking on the sufferings of all beings as a burden. Then I realized that suffering over others’ suffering does not decrease the overall suffering in the universe; it adds to it. This insight helped me see that my view of compassion must not be the wisest one.

With much practice and contemplation, I finally came to see that a wiser mode of compassion is deeply caring, sympathizing, and seeing that the suffering of other beings is not separate from my own feelings and being.

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