Week 7 Meditation Class Review

We included a short reflection this week, as well as the guided practices and a long-ish (15 minutes) silent sitting. ┬áThe reflection is to help us contemplate the difference between compassion and pity. Taken from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (2002), p204, ‘Pity has its roots in fear, a sense of arrogance and condescension, sometimes even a smug feeling of “I’m glad it’s not me.” As Stephen Levine says: “When your fear touches someone’s pain it becomes pity; when your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.” To train in compassion, then, is to know all beings are the same and suffer in similar ways, to honour all those who suffer, and to know you are neither separate from nor superior to anyone.’

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