Empathy can hurt you and is a state that someone cannot remain in and be healthy. Compassion can be an ever giving, joyful, state of being. So says several great thinkers of our day such as Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya and Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk, author and advisor to the Dalai Lama. An empathetic state is seen as de-energizing and a compassionate state is seen as ever-energizing.]
In a number of schools training for care givers and aid workers is being focused on moving them out of empathetic states that tend to lead to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) into more balanced compassionate states.
“Compassion is considered to be:
by: Jeffrey Walker