All human beings have eighty-three problems. The eighty-forth problem is that we don’t want to have any problems.

At the heart of altruism lies the perception of a shared humanity.

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

This is human nature – we’re vulnerable, and it’s a good thing. A fearless heart embraces this fundamental truth of our human condition.

We are born to connect. Our longing for connection, not just with our fellow humans but with animals, is so deep that it determines our experience of happiness.

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.

The division between self and other is the degradation of our highest human potential: the liberation of the mind that is love.

When we have accepted ourselves, our vulnerabilities and our humanity, we can accept the humanity of others.

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

The Buddha clearly stated that his experience and his insights apply to any human being and to any human mind, not just to Buddhists.