ALL the major reli­gions place great impor­tance on com­pas­sion. Whether it’s the parable of the good Samar­itan in Chris­tianity, Judaism’s “13 attrib­utes of com­pas­sion” or the Buddha’s state­ment that “loving kind­ness and com­pas­sion is all of our prac­tice,” empathy with the suf­fering of others is seen as a spe­cial virtue that has the power to change the world. This idea is often artic­u­lated by the Dalai Lama, who argues that indi­vidual expe­ri­ences of com­pas­sion radiate out­ward and increase har­mony for all.

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