Cultivating More Compassion

Jade PlantBe kind whenever possible. It is always possible. —The Dalai Lama

Leo of Zen Habits wrote a very nice post, A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life, With Seven Practices, that mentions His Holiness The Dalai Lama and some of his words of Wisdom with a very nice quote:

Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others, I am going to benefit others as much as I can. —The Dalai Lama

In a world that in many ways is “Compassion-challenged”, it is very important to cultivate feelings of Compassion. And I feel we can take our lives day-to-day and begin to be more Compassionate toward our fellow human beings. And try not to cause too much suffering in our world.

Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. —Albert Einstein

I’ve written a few articles myself regarding Compassion and the Dalai Lama’s teachings. In retrospect here are a few older posts I’ve written about Compassion:

Widening Our Circle of Compassion

The Light of Compassion

Compassion and the Chakras


Re-Discovering An Open Heart


Forgive Your Enemies

And, we can extend our circle of Compassion toward animals, treating them with the same Compassion we treat ourselves.

Be Kind To Animals



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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