The Buddhist tradition recognizes three levels of compassion:

1. For those experiencing suffering and pain
2. For those fixated on mundane concerns in their pursuit of happiness
3. for those grasping onto a false sense of "I" and "mine."

One thing we all share in common is our experience of pain and suffering, and recognizing this can bring us together, caring about others' as we do about our own.

B. Alan Wallace, Genuine Happiness