Mindfulness embodies approach: interest, openness, curiosity, goodwill and compassion.

Kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. They teach us to live in this world fearlessly.

The intentional cultivation of kindness, joy, compassion, and equanimity is an antidote to the habits and impulses of greed, hatred, and delusion.

Mindfulness meditation encourages us to become more patient and compassionate with ourselves.

Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.

To be truly kind and compassionate toward ourselves, we need to examine how accepting and forgiving we are of ourselves.

If you temper your heart with loving-kindness and prepare it like a fertile soil, and then plant the seed of compassion, it will greatly flourish. – Kamalashila (eighth century)

In the Tibetan tradition, we recognize compassion as both the highest spiritual ideal and the highest expression of our humanity.

Different from pity, compassion includes respect: We honor the other person’s dignity as a fellow human being. — Thupten Jinpa

Compassion lightens our heart and lifts our stress. It makes us more patient with and understanding of ourselves and others.

Compassion gets us out of our usual head full of disappointments, regrets, and worries about ourselves and focused on something bigger.

It’s a paradox of compassion that we ourselves are one of its greatest beneficiaries. Compassion makes us happier.

I hope to bring compassion down from the pedestal of a high ideal and make it an active force in the messy reality that is everyday human life.

Connecting with our compassionate part, nurturing it, and relating to ourselves, others, and the world around us from this place is the key to our happiness.

Compassion offers the possibility of responding to suffering with understanding, patience, and kindness.

It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul. – Desmond Tutu

With the self-honesty, self-acceptance, and self-transparency of self-compassion, we have nothing to hide; and with nothing to hide, we have less to be afraid of.

With greater self-compassion, we can be gentler and more patient with our own perceived failings.

What makes our normal response to stress so stressful is how it weighs us down, and how we fear it will overwhelm us. Compassion, on the other hand, lightens us up. We feel our burden lift a little. We see it in perspective.

This link – feeling compassion and perceiving the world in a more positive light – may explain why compassionate individuals generally tend to be more optimistic as well.

When we feel compassionate toward someone, we see the whole world colored in a positive light.

This is the catch – a happy catch – to compassion: The more we are in it for other people, the more we get out of it ourselves.

The Dalai Lama got good at compassion because he worked at it. The seed of compassion is present in all of us.

“What is that one thing, which when you possess it, you have all other virtues? It’s compassion.” – The Buddha

We can develop the courage to see and be more compassionately in the world, to live our lives with our hearts wide open to the pain – and joy – of being human on this planet.

Compassion doesn’t need to justify itself — it is its own reason for being.

Just as the whole earth cannot be destroyed by someone repeatedly hurling themselves against it, so too a compassionate heart will not be destroyed in an onslaught of adversity.

Through compassion our lives become an expression of all that we understand and care about and value.

Compassion enjoins us to respond to pain, and wisdom guides the skilfulness of the response.

To develop this mind state of compassion, the second of the brahma-viharas, is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for all living beings, without exception.

Love and concern for all are not things some of us are born with and others are not. Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds.

The Dalai Lama’s very first thought upon waking is a prayer of love and compassion, dedicating all of the coming actions of the day to the benefit of all living beings.

We people who care must be filled with joy, so that others recognize that caring, helping and being generous are not burdens – they are joys.

It helps no one if you sacrifice your joy because others are suffering.

Compassion and generosity are not just lofty virtues. They are the centre of our humanity. They make our lives joyful and meaningful.

“We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.” – Desmond Tutu

When we meet someone, first and foremost we must remember that they too have the same desire to have a happy day, a happy month, a happy life. And all have the right to achieve it.

We converged on eight pillars of joy. Four were qualities of the mind: perspective, humility, humor and acceptance. Four were qualities of the heart: forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and generosity.

Ultimately, our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others. It’s how we are made. We’re wired to be compassionate.” — Desmond Tutu

Even ten minutes of meditating on compassion, on kindness for others, and you will see its effects all day.

If you develop a strong sense of concern for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, this will make you happy.

Too much self-centred thinking is the source of suffering. A compassionate concern for others’ wellbeing is the source of happiness.

Bring an attitude of gentleness and compassion to yourself at every turn.

Each of us has the seed of buddhahood, the capacity for being calm, understanding and compassionate.

I discovered that unworthiness is not helped by striving. I learned that for real healing I needed compassion.

Developing compassion is like playing a musical instrument – it’s a skill that can be enhanced with dedicated practice.

Feeling love and compassion for ourselves and others is deeply healing and soothing, and helps us face the many challenges that will come our way.

The joyful heart guards the compassionate heart from being overwhelmed by sorrow.

The qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity exclude no one — their cultivation is dedicated to the well-being, peace, and freedom of heart of all beings.

With compassion we come to trust our capacity to open to life without armoring.

The courageous heart is the one that is unafraid to open to the world.