The heart of compassion centers on the selfless compulsion to alleviate suffering. While compassion is similar to empathy and sympathy in the ability to commiserate and feel another’s emotions, the spirit of compassion moves a person to act in order to reduce pain. Compassion is the central tenet of many belief traditions, most notably Buddhism, and has been rigorously studied in recent decades for its physical and mental health benefits. Learning to be compassionate toward others—and ourselves—is a cornerstone to many aspects of well-being.


Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart, with Tara Brach

While it’s natural to feel fear during times of great collective crisis, our challenge is that fear easily takes over our lives.


Karen Armstrong: The Prophet Muhammad’s Compassion

On the Celebrate Mercy webcast, Karen Armstrong, best-selling British author and founder of the Charter for Compassion, discusses compassion in the Quran. This compassion was most exemplified in the Prophet Muhammad's life.


Rabbi Rami on Contemplation and Compassion

Rabbi Rami discusses kindness and compassion's impact in providing directions on our lives.


Compassion and Kinship: Fr Gregory Boyle at TEDxConejo 2012

Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry and today serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force. Born in Los Angeles, one of eight children, Fr.


Jon Kabat-Zinn: Mindful Living

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the 'father of modern mindfulness', shares his groundbreaking ideas to help us live more mindfully and contribute to a happier, wiser and more compassionate world.


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