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This was a nice companion to the class on Compassion. Good information for those wanting to add compassion meditation to their practice or to help understand how it can be helpful.
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This book teaches the way to change the world by changing yourself. It carries wisdom that has been tested for centuries and can be applied by you, here, now. It is a classic the way Shakespeare’s plays are classics: it carries insight into the human condition that transcends culture and time. By contrast, there is a huge self-help industry out there today—run by celebrities, yogis, televangelists and new-age gurus, all glad to make a buck off your personal distress—selling you some revolutionary new approach that nobody will be talking about ten years from now. And ten years from now you’ll be suffering just the same with the help of such advice; please pardon my skepticism, it is born of hard-earned experience. Try compassion instead. This book is based on ancient wisdom and is backed by modern science. That’s what makes it special, like it’s author—a monk who left his Tibetan home land and earned a PhD from Cambridge, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the West. And he’s founded a center at Stanford, another prestigious Western academic institution, teaching this same wisdom. This writer, a doctor with two Ivy-League degrees, has signed up there to learn more and help spread the word.