Happiness and Compassion
One of the things I admire most about the Dalai Lama is his commitment to compassion. Most recently he made the following comment:
I really feel that some people neglect and overlook compassion because they associate it with religion. Of course, everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being.
As our mission states the Ministry of Happiness is non-denominational and as such, we echo the words of his holiness, compassion should be embraced. It is important to be compassionate whenever possible and have empathy for those who deserve it.
Personally I have always taken the Taoist position on compassion, you should offer compassion whenever possible, as long as doing so will not endanger you in any way. Compassion like anything should be practiced in moderation and with care.
Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ~ Frederick Buechner