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Matthieu Ricard: Meditation on Altruistic Love and Compassion

“Altruistic turn into compassion when confronted with the of others. Compassion is the wish that others may be free from suffering and its causes. For this to happen, we must be concerned about the fate of the other, be aware of their sufferings, wish that these be healed, and be ready to do whatever is possible to do so.

“To generate compassion, imagine a loved one who is experiencing excruciating physical or mental pain. Deeply her as if it was your own, until this becomes unbearable.

“At this point, turn to an unconditional feeling of for this person. Imagine taking gently the in your arms. Visualize that every atom of her is now filled with an atom of love. Wish from my heart that this may be free from suffering.

“Then extend this warm and courageous compassion to other beings who are dear to you; then to strangers and to all sentient beings.”

Matthieu Ricard: Meditation on Altruistic and Compassion was last updated February 10th, 2016 by Mike Schleif

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