Compassion Talks

Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to relieve the physical, mental, or emotional pains of others and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as being sensitive to the emotional aspects of the suffering of others. When based on notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature.

The word "compassion" comes from Middle English, and derives from Old French, via ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n- ), from compati (‘to suffer with’).

Compassion involves "feeling for another" and is a precursor to empathy, the "feeling as another" capacity (as opposed to sympathy, the "feeling towards another"). In common parlance, active compassion is the desire to alleviate another's suffering.

Compassion involves allowing ourselves to be moved by suffering, and experiencing the motivation to help alleviate and prevent it. An act of compassion is defined by its helpfulness. Qualities of compassion are patience and wisdom; kindness and perseverance; warmth and resolve. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. Expression of compassion is prone to be hierarchical, paternalistic, and controlling in responses. The difference between sympathy and compassion is that the former responds to others' suffering with sorrow and concern whereas the latter responds with warmth and care. An article by the Clinical Psychology Review suggests that "compassion consists of three facets: noticing, feeling, and responding."

The English noun compassion, meaning to suffer together with, comes from Latin. Its prefix com- comes directly from com, an archaic version of the Latin preposition and affix cum (= with); the -passion segment is derived from passus, past participle of the deponent verb patior, patī, passus sum. Compassion is thus related in origin, form and meaning to the English noun patient (= one who suffers), from patiens, present participle of the same patior, and is akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν (= paskhein, to suffer) and to its cognate noun πάθος (= pathos). Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in almost all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues.

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Compassion with the Controlling Impulse - February 4th, 2023, Afternoon

Emphasizing compassion and de-emphasizing trying to control. Compassion with the impulse to try to control. Being careful without trying to control. Impartiality towards the outcome; for example,...

Compassion, control, impartiality, non-grasping, loving-kindness, Bodhidharma, Avalokiteshvara,...
Feb 04 2023
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Protecting and Liberating All Beings

A residential retreat at Mount Madonna.

#MtMadonna-2021-Fall, Compassion, Paramitas, Diversity,
Nov 21 2021
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Mount Madonna Center

Protecting and Liberating All Beings

A residential weekend retreat at Mount Madonna.

#MtMadonna-2021-Fall, Compassion, Paramitas,
Nov 19 2021
Mount Madonna Center

The Science of Compassion - November 13th, 2021

A virtual Dharma talk by Tenshin Roshi for an online gathering of the No Abode community

Enlightenment, Compassion, Karmic Consciousness, Yangshan, Non-thinking, Four Afflictions of Self...
Nov 13 2021
Zoom

What Is Most Important For You In This Life

We are all creating the space together for people to have profound experience in zazen. Kind and unkind thoughts are opportunities to express the Buddha mind. Compassion towards wholesome and...

Compassion, Buddha Mind, Mill Valley, Gratitude, Repentance, Enemies, Nirvana,...
Feb 02 2019
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No Abode Hermitage

The Hands And Eyes Of Avalokiteshvara

Compassion is the teaching of the Buddha. Stories of the different statues and scrolls at No Abode. Yunmen and Daowu, the thousand arms of Avalokiteshvara.

Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, Transmission,
Nov 10 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Silent Sitting and Social Action

All compounded phenomena are unworthy of confidence. Compassion to these unstable phenomena is our practice. Zen stories are about enacting awakening within social interactions. Attend to your body,...

Compassion, Four Foundations, Practice Period,
Oct 20 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Silent Sitting and Social Action

Sitting in the world, we can't perceive the whole world; we sit in our dharma position, which changes all the time. Impermanence is Buddhism - this place is no abode..

Dharma Position, Impermanence, Compassion,
Oct 20 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Compassion is a Conversation

A conversation is what we are doing together. Buddhas are sitting upright and still, in the midst of everything, having a conversation with silence. The story of his Nanchuan and his sickle. Meeting...

Compassion, Global Warming, Koan,
Sep 15 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #4

Opportunities for compassion - with friends and enemies; the story of the destitute son from the Lotus Sutra

Compassion,
Jul 14 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Womb of the Tathagata #4

Being supported in compassion; Uncle Mi and the rabbit;

Compassion,
Jul 14 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara clearly seeing the emptiness of five skandhas; listening to the cries of the world, the suffering of beings.

Compassion, Suffering, Emptiness,
Mar 03 2018
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Bodhidharma Listening to the Cries of the World

Avalokiteshvara's eyes of compassion observing all sentient beings; Bodhidharma and Emperor Wu, facing the wall for nine years; the Sixth Ancestor's training;

Buddha Ancestors, Consciousness, Compassion, Bodhisattva,
Mar 03 2018
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Prajna Paramita, the Lovely, the Holy

Ungraspable nature of all phenomena; perfect wisdom understands dependent co-arising; non-abiding in any state.

Perfect Wisdom, Transmission, Compassion, Dependent Origination,
Jul 08 2017
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The One Vehicle Lives In Silence And Stillness

The desire for awakening for the welfare of all beings; social engagement and silence, both practices pervade all beings; practicing with the limitations of the body.

Mahayana, Compassion, Meditation,
May 06 2017
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Listening to the Cries of the World

Compassion, Avalokiteshvara,
Nov 12 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Listening to the Cries of the World

Kind Speech, Compassion, Gratitude,
Nov 12 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Pivotal Activity of All the Buddhas

Compassion, Practice Period,
Sep 17 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Pivotal Activity of All the Buddhas

Compassion, Bodhisattva, Liberation,
Sep 17 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Unceasing Effort to Free All Beings

Compassion,
Aug 06 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Extending Tender Loving Care

Compassion,
Aug 06 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Usefulness of Doubt in the Life of a Bodhisattva

Compassion, Liberation,
Jul 23 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

The Pivotal Business of Buddha’s House

Compassion, Bodhidharma, resistance
Jun 11 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Following through with the Dung Shoveling

Compassion, Zazen, Priest, Faith, Bodhisattva Vow, Suzuki Roshi, japanese, Intimacy...
May 07 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Melting the Root of Transgression

Confession-and-Repentance, Buddha Ancestors, Compassion, Confession-and-Repentance,...
Apr 09 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Remembering And Forgetting What Is Most Important

Renunciation, Compassion,
Mar 05 2016
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Cultivating Samadhi

Renunciation, Compassion, Jewel Mirror Samadhi,
Jan 02 2016
AM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 10

Generosity, Wisdom, Compassion,
Dec 12 2015
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 9

Compassion, Jewel Mirror Samadhi,
Nov 14 2015
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No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 9

Compassion, Ceremony, Consciousness,
Nov 14 2015
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 7

Confession-and-Repentance, Compassion, Complete Perfect Enlightenment,
Sep 19 2015
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No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 5: Wholeheartedly Wondering Who You Are

Precious Mirror, Compassion,
Jul 11 2015
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No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 5: Wholeheartedly Wondering Who You Are

Compassion, Jewel Mirror Samadhi,
Jul 11 2015
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 4

Suzuki Roshi, Compassion, Jewel Mirror Samadhi,
Jun 06 2015
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, Part 1

Perfect Wisdom, Precious Mirror, Lotus Sutra, Heart Sutra, Compassion,
Mar 07 2015
AM
No Abode Hermitage

The Real Form of the Universe

Consciousness, Compassion,
Nov 22 2014
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Zen Meditation as the Bodhisattva Precepts

Compassion, Wisdom, Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Zazen, Sanctuary, Zendo, Observe...
Oct 11 2014
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Listening, Training, Hearing and Liberation

Discrimination, Enlightenment, Compassion, Study, Delusion, Discrimination, Non-...
Aug 09 2014
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Exploring Consciousness and Realizing Wisdom

Exploring consciousness with the aid of Buddha's teachings is a path to discovering and realizing deep, liberating Wisdom. Consciousness may be experienced as confining and confusing; at the same...

Consciousness, Confession-and-Repentance, Compassion,
Mar 23 2014
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No Abode Hermitage

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Kalyana Mitra, Compassion, New Year, Teacher-and-Student, true dharma, Perfect Wisdom...
Jan 04 2014
Morning
No Abode Hermitage

Honoring Student-Teacher Relationship (Flower Adornment Scripture)

Compassion, Consciousness, Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Transmission, Lay,...
Jan 04 2014
Afternoon
No Abode Hermitage