Help Now; Cry Later

KGCompassion is empathy, but it is much more than empathy: it is the fervent wish to reduce or eliminate the suffering of others.

If we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the weight of other sentient beings’ suffering, we lose our ability to help. Therefore, an important component of skillful compassion is to keep our peace, so that we can be of service.

At the scene of an accident, for example, we do not pull our hair and scream along with the victims, but do our best to offer effective succor. We do not crumble emotionally, because it is not helpful.

My Teacher used to say: “Help now; cry later.”

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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One Response to Help Now; Cry Later

  1. paulfarma says:

    Thank you. PKL

    Great Middle Way 於 2014年09月8日 (週一) 1:05 AM 寫道﹕

    WordPress.com Tashi Nyima posted: “Compassion is empathy, but it is much more than empathy: it is the fervent wish to reduce or eliminate the suffering of others. If we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the weight of other sentient beings’ suffering, we lose our ability to help. Ther”

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