For December, we’re celebrating compassion on Lion’s Roar and in Shambhala Sun. Here, Norman Fischer says giving is the Buddha way.
Norman Fischer on sex, family, love and liberation: “The oceanic impulse toward enlightenment not only for ourselves but for all beings.”
In the difficulties of your life, says Pema Chödrön, you will discover your natural love and warmth.
It’s not enough to simply to believe compassion is important. We must transform our thoughts and behaviour on a daily basis to cultivate compassion.
Sharon Salzberg reflects on the selflessness of everyday caregivers, and encouraging a balance of compassion and equanimity.
Haleigh Atwood looks at three organizations who focus on humanitarian work as an essential expression of their Buddhist values.
To the Buddhism’s traditional four causes of suffering we must now add a fifth: the suffering caused by racism, sexism, poverty, and all the other forms of human injustice. Only when seeing that clearly, says Ann Gleig, will our compassion will be complete.
“Only when we awaken to our own light can we be fully present to another person’s inner light and life,” says Shinge Roko Sherry Chayat. “Only then can we respond fully, with nothing in the way.”
Falling in love is easy, but staying in love takes work. Thich Nhat Hanh offers advice for cultivating a relationship that’s loving and strong.
The combination of wisdom and compassion—the very essence of Buddhism—leads to that all-American value, freedom. It is, says Duncan Ryuken Williams, freedom in the most profound sense.