Compassion Meditation

Compassion meditation, or tonglen, is a practice rooted in the deep desire to end the suffering for others combined with a deep sympathy for those individuals. Also known as Karuna meditation, this Buddhist-based practice guides us to dissolve our self-centeredness and grow in compassion.

Tonglen: In with the Bad, Out with the Good

“Accepting and sending out” is a powerful meditation to develop compassion—for ourselves and others. Ethan Nichtern teaches us how to do it in formal practice and on the spot whenever suffering arises.

What Is Compassion Meditation? (+ Mantras and Scripts)

In Positive Psychology, Compassion is seen as a way to relate to the self and a pathway to happiness. The proven benefits of compassion range from increased well-being, to relief from illness, and improved relationships.

Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger with Training

Loving-kindness meditation and compassion training boost empathic resilience.

Tonglen on the Spot

Tonglen—the Tibetan practice of “sending and receiving”—can be put to use in everyday situations.

How to Practice Tonglen

Pema Chödrön teaches us “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief.

Meditation on Compassion

To cultivate compassion, let yourself sit in a centered and quiet way. In this traditional form of practice you will combine a repeated inner intention with visualization and the evocation of the feeling of compassion.

Good Medicine for This World

Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön and novelist Alice Walker on how tonglen meditation practice opens our heart, expands our vision, and plants the seeds of love in our lives.

Breathing Compassion In and Out

Kristin Neff guides us through a twenty-minute compassion meditation, first directing kind phrases to ourselves and then to others.

Just-Like-Me Compassion Meditation

"Realizing that the other person is also just like me is the basis on which we can develop compassion, not only toward those around us but also toward our enemy. Normally, when we think about our enemy, we think about harming him.

How Compassion Relieves Chronic Pain

If you suffer from chronic pain, and perhaps the angry emotions that hurting all the time can lead to, there’s a drug-free treatment that takes only 15 minutes a day and can bring real relief.


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