The Dalai Lama once said: "Love and compassion are necessities. They are not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." Anthropologist, author, teacher and Zen priest, Joan Halifax, takes that statement a bit further: " is not only humanity that won't survive, it is all the species on the planet...It is the big cats, and it's the plankton." Not only does compassion enliven us, it enhances our neural integration and our immune system. But why, if compassion is good for us, aren't we training our children in compassion? Watch this TED talk to learn about the many facets of compassion.


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  • Sister Rosemarie

    How can one not be inspired by her entire life and compassionate presence on the planet and heed her words to find ways of compassion in one's own life? She is an embodiment of the lotus in our sea of fire and the wisdom needed for our world. Thank you.

  • Alaya

    I have been beside myself since inauguration day as millions are and Roshi Halifax has always been an inspiration for me - I turned to my teachers of wisdom in these times of unrest.

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  • Learn about Halifax's Project on Being With Dying, which provides caregivers with the essential tools to help the dying with skill and compassion.
  • Read more about the Science of Compassion by James R. Doty, Founder of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.
  • Cultivate compassion in your daily life with these seven practices, which includes a daily act of kindness.

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