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Training in Compassion: The Difference Between Empathy and Compassion


Compassion has empathy but it goes beyond it. There is an awareness of the causes and conditions that create suffering. Compassion does not have a “savior mentality” but has a broad awareness that the situation has many circumstances. When we have compassion, we have the wisdom that recognizes the causes of suffering. Rinpoche explains that we must first observe ourselves carefully. We can start to see our own character, habits and karma. All of us are different. Once we see that, we can understand that other people also suffer in the same way.

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