Session 28: Returning to Compassion, the Best Response to Suffering

B. Alan Wallace, 18 Nov 2010

When we experience suffering there is a risk that we will respond with grief or anger. Instead Alan guides us to meditate on compassion, which is the heartfelt yearning: “May we all be free of suffering and the sources of suffering.” Compassion is the response that guides our spiritual practice swiftly upward like a rocket. Today’s meditation focuses our compassion on the first of three levels of suffering, the “suffering of suffering” commonly known as everyday physical and emotional pain. Alan then answers student questions: How to distinguish an intuitive insight from a delusional thought? Is prana the same as the Tibetan word, lung? Can I lie down all the way to liberation?

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