We need compassion - Lama Gangchen Rinpoche





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Published on Oct 16, 2010

Abbiamo bisogno di compassione. Perché sta succedendo una cosa spaventosa, e cioè che i "valori" pre-cristiani della magnificenza e del potere vengono nuovamente imposti sui valori che una volta erano solo paccottiglia femminile: altruismo e mitezza, prerogativa, in Oriente, solo dei monaci, e che in Occidente solo il cristianesimo aveva sdoganato.
Ma niente, NIENTE, è più pericoloso e triste di questo; niente più drammatico delle sue conseguenze.
Perciò io credo, fermamente, che dovremmo fermarci a riflettere sulla compassione, e amarla: senza paura di soffrirne; e riscoprirne l'immenso valore.

Come ha messo in evidenza la ricerca sui neuroni-specchio, l'autismo in epoca contemporanea è in rapida crescita anche perché collegato a un modello culturale che non favorisce l'empatia. Sui neuroni specchio:

Nemmeno i supereroi per i bambini sono più positivi: ve ne eravate accorti? Sui supereroi:

Kindness gives to another. Compassion knows no other.
Compassion (from Latin: "co-suffering") is a virtue —one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnectedness and humanism —foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.

In a recent small fMRI experiment, Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and colleagues at the Brain and Creativity Institute studied strong feelings of compassion for both social pain in others, and physical pain in others. Both feelings involved an expected change in activity in the anterior insula, anterior cingulate, hypothalamus, and midbrain, but they also found a previously undescribed pattern of cortical activity on the posterior medial surface of each brain hemisphere, a region involved in the default mode of brain function, and implicated in self-related processes. Compassion for social pain in others was associated with strong activation in the interoceptive, inferior/posterior portion of this region, while compassion for physical pain in others involved heightened activity in the exteroceptive, superior/anterior portion. (Compassion for social pain also activated this superior/anterior section, but to a lesser extent.)
Activity in the anterior insula related to compassion for social pain peaked later and endured longer than that associated with compassion for physical pain.

True Christian compassion, say the Gospels, should extend to all, even to the extent of loving one's enemies.

In the various Hindu traditions, compassion is called DAYA, and, along with charity and self-control, is one of the three central virtues.

Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed. - The Buddha.

Compassion for all life, human and non-human, is central to the Jain tradition.

In the Jewish tradition, God is the Compassionate and is invoked as the Father of Compassion: hence Rahmana or Compassionate becomes the usual designation for His revealed word. Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, is particularly clear about this.

one of the sayings of the Prophet informs the faithful that "God is more loving and kinder than a mother to her dear child". Foremost among God's attributes are mercy and compassion or, in the canonical language of Arabic, Rahman and Rahim.


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