Cultivating Compassion

My hope is that you get a chance to watch this video from the Talks at Google series. In this talk, Thupten Jinpa discusses compassion and it is the perfect message to kick off this month here at Onward as we focus on the habit of cultivating compassion.

Here is the description posted from Talks at Google: Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of the Dalai Lama, explores how powerful compassion can be, not just for others, but for our own wellbeing. Acknowledging the importance (and popularity) of the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, A Fearless Heart teaches us to take the next step toward compassion—something so many of us fear. Worried that we may be taken advantage of, or that too much self-compassion will turn us into slackers, we too often resist a powerful instinct that correlates strongly with happiness, stress reduction, and a greater sense of purpose. Using cutting edge science and psychology sourced from both contemporary Western and classical Buddhist sources, and remarkable stories of transformations that have resulted from the practice of compassion, Jinpa shows us that, by training our compassion muscle, we can improve our health and relationships, achieve our goals, and ultimately change the world.

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