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Impressions of Buddhism and the Need for Compassion

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Impressions of Buddhism and the Need for Compassion




I haven’t spoken much about Buddhism, and it seems that it’s taken a backseat on this blog. Nevertheless, it’s always on my mind. And daily I continue working on the practice of compassion in daily life, although certain world leaders make it very hard to be compassionate when they are not, and the sad irony is that they are in positions of power where they can greatly influence the masses.

Having said that, it’s very important to practice compassion and kindness in daily life. Our fellow brothers and sister (like you and me) need this compassion and kindness ourselves. I’m sure we all need to feel accepted and loved, but in a world where it might become more exclusive to certain individuals, the challenges and obstacles are there to overcome.

We must be diligent and positive.

It is our responsibility to be ambassadors of good will toward our fellow human beings. We have more power than we think and we can set the standard within our social circles.

Defining Compassion

Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts and pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, an emotional aspect to suffering, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment.Wikipedia

It’s important to note that Compassion is a big part of the Buddhist philosophy, but it exists in Christianity as well with the saying, “Love your neighbor as thy self”.

And, “you reap what you sow”, and we sow the seeds of compassion and kindness, or we have that power to spread compassion and kindness throughout the world and wherever we go.

The problem I have had with Christianity is its exclusiveness, and the need to be righteous and proclaiming their religion as the truth while condemning all others.

Even in the U.S. Constitution, the need to practice religious freedom was emphasized. But we tend to seek enemies in other religious faiths such as Islam. Maybe I’m wrong and that Islam seeks to hate Christianity. But as you can see, the need for compassion isn’t there.

It’s best to take the higher road.

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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 Amazon.com.

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