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    Rami Renee Walker

    Compassion can be understood on three basic levels. The ability to understand emotion objectively, to empathize directly, and to act on that empathy. The Dalai Lama says that compassion alone should not be the end goal, but instead be used as a stepping stone to a greater love for all sentient beings. He also says that because are capacity for empathy is innate, compassion for others is not a resource that can be used up. I believe that this concept can be directly applied to the search for meaningful relationships to others. If we are not constantly worrying about “improving” our lives than maybe humanity will fall back onto these basic principles of love and harmony. The only thing holding us back from attaining this higher state of being is our belief that empathy and compassion are somehow a sign of weakness. If a soldier shows empathy for the opposing side they are questioned as traitors, not as human beings. If we, as a species, are to remain consciously sound, we must learn that compassion for others is the driving force in leading a fulfilling life.

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    Noah Zusman Hartman

    The most basic of ethical questions is why should we reorient our hearts and minds from ourselves to others? And other is universal because as the Dalai Lama says on page 164 of Ethics for the new millennium “While most people are willing to accept the need for unity within their own group and, within this, the need to consider others’ welfare, the tendency is to neglect the rest of humanity.” So in essence the first question should be why should we reorient our hearts and minds from ourselves to the universe. Now yes this seems impossible however it is the road to reach this goal that is important. As the Dalai Lama says on page 161 of Ethics for the new millennium “our every act has universal dimensions”. Now this does not inherently mean that all of our acts must be large and charitable at all times but that we must realize that “All human endeavor is potentially great and noble.” (Pg. 174 Ethics for the new millennium). Human beings naturally seek glory as a way for the contentment that we seek and so the only way to reach this personal glory and contentment is to have focus our endeavors on the welfare of the universe rather than the momentary happiness that comes with focusing them on ourselves.

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    Christopher Colip

    The Dalai Lama states that “Compassion shares the characteristics of consciousness itself.” What he means by this is that as we develop compassion for others we also begin to appreciate life around us more and more. consciousness is an awareness of ones own surroundings, most of the time other people fill the space around us, by developing compassion for other people, we then develop and awareness of what is happening around us.

    Some say the consciousness is what makes a human being, to feed the sense of self in our own beings, what must be done is work toward understanding others and what is affecting their lives. This will begin to form a web of interconnectedness that expands the human consciousness to a global scale. Having the ability to empathize as well as develop compassion, for the two go hand in hand, will not only create a higher state of consciousness but also begin to break down the barriers set up by different sections of the human race. Understanding each others struggle and working together to solve those problems will enlighten those who see and expanded conscious.

    Consciousness itself is defined as awareness of the mind of itself and the world. Compassion gives the mind awareness to the mind of others. Since the entire world except you is made up of others, one understands the pains, and joys of others, expanding the world at ones own finger tips.

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    On page 124 of Ethics For The New Millennium the Dalai Lama states that, “Compassion shares the characteristics of consciousness itself.” I think that this statement tells you that having all the necessary ingredients to make compassion takes you to the next level of consciousness called great compassion. This state of mind is when a person is dedicated to “entirely to helping others overcome both their suffering and the causes of their suffering.” pg 124. The path to getting there is not easy as we must recognize that all humans have the basic desire to be happy and be free of suffering. We must enforce this not on just our loved ones but everyone. I think that compassion is wishing to relieve suffering of others, but do not think this is the same as love. Love is different in the sense that you need to have knowledge of the person to connect on a deeper level. The common idea about dedicating your life to unconditional compassion is that you don’t have to abandon your interests entirely; because the more we show compassion to others the more we feel self content and happy. Thus this connection we have as humans is that we are all able of showing nying je or compassion to each other; this should be our state of mind always.

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