In an old interview with the Dalai Lama, the topic of discussion moved to the issue of compassion. Central to many of the world’s religious traditions, and certainly a major component of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama used an experience that he had to try and express the importance–as well as the challenge–of showing compassion. He met with a Tibetan monk who had been imprisoned by the Chinese government for a number of years. In the meeting, the Dalai Lama asked the monk what was the hardest part of his confinement. The monk responded immediately. “The hardest part,” he said, “was that I feared that I would lose compassion for my captors.”
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