A public talk in Porto, Portugal, on the topic Power of Compassion.
First Rinpoche clarifies the meaning of compassion from the Buddhist point of view. It’s not “suffering together” as it is sometimes understood in Western thought; rather it’s a deep wish or aspiration to remove the suffering of others and ourselves. We all have this benevolence towards our loved ones, and actually we wouldn’t be alive without love and compassion. From here, it can be extended to all beings.
Q&A includes questions on vegetarianism, on the balance of helping others and ourselves, on relating and preparing to death and living a healthy life through healing, helping and harmony (the three areas of activity of Bodhicharya) and on choosing a spiritual path and a teacher.
Stories told by Rinpoche in this talk: Humans live by the love of others (Tolstoy); Soup stone.