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Compassion in the landscape of suffering

Compassion in the landscape of suffering In this paper we investigate compassion and its place within mindfulness-based approaches. Compassion is an orientation of mind that recognizes pain and the universality of pain in human experience and the capacity to meet that pain with kindness, empathy, equanimity and patience. We outline how learning to meet pain with compassion is part of how people come to live with chronic conditions like recurrent depression. While most mindfulness-based approaches do not explicitly teach compassion, we describe how the structure of the programme and teachers' embodiment enable participants to cultivate compassion in the landscape of suffering. We describe a case example of how this process unfolded for someone through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Buddhism Taylor & Francis

Compassion in the landscape of suffering

Contemporary Buddhism , Volume 12 (1): 13 – May 1, 2011
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Taylor & Francis
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1476-7953
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1463-9947
DOI
10.1080/14639947.2011.564831
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Abstract

In this paper we investigate compassion and its place within mindfulness-based approaches. Compassion is an orientation of mind that recognizes pain and the universality of pain in human experience and the capacity to meet that pain with kindness, empathy, equanimity and patience. We outline how learning to meet pain with compassion is part of how people come to live with chronic conditions like recurrent depression. While most mindfulness-based approaches do not explicitly teach compassion, we describe how the structure of the programme and teachers' embodiment enable participants to cultivate compassion in the landscape of suffering. We describe a case example of how this process unfolded for someone through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

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Contemporary BuddhismTaylor & Francis

Published: May 1, 2011

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