Ways to practice Compassion include lovingkindness meditation, tonglen, empathy, visiting the sick, service to the poor and suffering, and the specific practices below.
Compassion Practice with a Difficult Other by Frank Rogers provides a process and an array of practices for remaining grounded in the presence of a difficult person.
Developing Empathy with the Small by His Holiness The Dalai Lama sparks a change in how we perceive other sentient beings.
Don’t Waste Food by Habib Todd Boerger and Frederic Brussat proposes some ideas for practicing awareness, caring, and consideration with how we handle our food.
Exchanging Yourself for Others by Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon describes a practice of imagining yourself in the same situation as someone who is suffering.
Eyes of Compassion by Habib Todd Boerger shares Thich Nhat Hanh’s wisdom about our experience of suffering and offers a practice for seeing with the eyes of compassion.
For the Unknown Enemy by Habib Todd Boerger presents a reflection on William Stafford’s poem on the unknown good in our enemies.
Just-Like-Me Compassion Meditation by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush explains a partner exercise to help you see how another person is like you.
Opening One’s Heart to a Stranger by Joseph Goldstein provides an example of a meditation that increases our warmth and caring for others.
Practicing Compassion through Organ Donation by Habib Todd Boerger invites us to implement Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s words on the oneness and coexistence of all life by registering as an organ donor.
Practicing Compassion with Tonglen Meditation by Pema Chodron instructs us in relating directly to our suffering and that of others.
Spiritual Revolution in Our Democracy by Habib Todd Boerger shares Karen Armstrong’s insight on spiritual revolution and offers a way to do our part to save our troubled world.
The First Stone or Hypocrite Stone by Tom Cowan prompts us to carry a small stone in our pockets to remind us not to criticize.
The Happiness of Others by Frederic Brussat, Mary Ann Brussat and Habib Todd Boerger provides a reflection to help us follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s counsel on cultivating equanimity.
The Shared Pain of Being Human by Wayne Muller provides guidance on using our own pain to deepen our sense of connection to and compassion for the rest of our human family.
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