"The absence of compassion is the greatest danger facing human beings today." (Posted on Facebook on January 29, 2014.)Karen Armstrong, who wrote the 2010 book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, would probably agree with that. I had never heard of Karmapa until yesterday, but I like what he says, including this:
"Being a Buddhist involves three things — giving up harming others, benefiting them, and taming one’s own mind. If you possess these three, you are a Buddhist." (Posted on Facebook on July 1, 2013.)How would you define compassion? I think it involves these three things he named: not harming others, doing what's good for others or will benefit them, and taming my own mind so that I learn to "do unto others as I would want them to do unto me." And I think it takes practice. That's why I'm studying Armstrong's book with friends, so I get in the habit of right thinking about myself and others. Let me know if you'd like to discuss the book with me.