Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A friend told me of visiting the Dalai Lama...
asking him for a succinct definition of "compassion"...
describing how heartstricken she'd felt when...
she'd seen a man in the street beating a mangy stray dog with a stick.
"Compassion", the Dalai Lama told her,
"is when you feel as sorry for the man as you do for the dog."

- Field notes on the compassionate life: a search for the soul of kindness
Marc Ian Barasch


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