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Practicing Compassion

By Haruko DeArth     

The Dalai Lama famously said “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  

Hi everyone, today I’m going to talk about the Compassion, one of the most popular and signature pieces of my art collections. While the calligraphy expresses the beauty and the power of this word, I would like to share how I interpret it and how I’d like to put the inspiration of the word into the practice.      

While love is a deep feeling of affection and attachment towards someone, compassion is a sympathy and concern for others that embodies a tangible expression of love for those who are misfortunate and suffering. Compassion is a kind of love that has the ability to speak with love, listen with respect and patience, and act on kindness and caring.    

Compassion is something that we can practice that will bring true and long-term happiness to our lives.   We can practice showing compassion by listening to those who are suffering, using imagination to feel their feelings, and, instead of recognizing the differences between yourself and others, trying to recognize what you have in common.   

We can practice compassion with those who don't do as we wish or mistreat us by recognizing that we only know very little about them and trying to be mindful of their circumstances, struggles, or pains that we are not aware of.    

We can also practice compassion on ourselves by accepting ourselves for who we are with all of our weaknesses and imperfections.    Compassion is universal and can be practiced anywhere and anytime. It doesn't require any conditions or expectations.  

As the Dalai Lama also said, “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”   So, let’s practice compassion today. It may not easy but simple. Thank you for watching, see you next time!