According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind that wants others to be free from suffering. It is not passive – it is not empathy alone – but rather an empathetic altruism that actively strives to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and loving kindness
Rod Lee will talk on how, to really understand how we can generate compassion for others, we must first understand how to generate compassion for ourselves. Self-compassion is about getting to know ourselves better. Recognising how we sometimes get “it” wrong could be a vehicle for guilt and self-recrimination. It can also be a way of understanding who we are and that we have room for improvement. We need to be able to forgive and generate compassion for ourselves. We can then apply this understanding of compassion to others.
The session will be live via Zoom and will include a talk, meditation and Q&A and discussion.
Please be sure to register so we can send you the Zoom link before the event.
Rod Lee is a teacher at the Tibetan Buddhists Society, Sydney. He has studied under Venerable Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden since 1978 and been teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy for 29 years. Rod has been involved in health care management and education for the past 40 years. He is also a Shiatsu practitioner with extensive training in oriental medicine, nutrition and postural realignment and has also been an instructor of Tai Chi for the past 37 years.
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