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30 March 2006 @ 06:38 pm
A work in progress  
It's hard to imagine anyone envying me for trying to be compassionate, but if anyone does it's possible to cultivate. Goddess knows I'm still working at it myself. I recommend the practice of tonglen meditation.

People Envy Your Compassion

You have a kind heart and an unusual empathy for all living creatures. You tend to absorb others' happiness and pain.
People envy your compassion, and more importantly, the connections it helps you build. And compassionate as you are, you feel for them.


Now if I can develop compassion for my enemies I'll know I've gotten somewhere with it.
 
 
 
crushednchurned on March 31st, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
What is tonglen meditation?
Tapatitapati on March 31st, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
IOn short, it is a Buddhist practice in which one not only identifies with the pain and suffering of all other beings but actively seeks to take such suffering upon oneself so as to liberate others from it. I first read about it in the book Grace and Grit, a cancer memoir by Ken Wilber and his late wife Treya.

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/4/story_425_1.html

http://www.saraswatiyoga.com/PeterFox/Tonglen_meditation.htm

(couple of links from a quick web search, I have Pema Chodron's tape. It is excellent.)

On the following page I took part in a discussion that eventually spoke of compassion and I posted an excerpt from Grace and Grit about tonglen that is worth reading, about halfway down this page:

http://www.gaudiyadiscussions.com/index.php?showtopic=2595&st=15

There are some other good comments there too.