Definitions of compassion on the Web:
* a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering * the
humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to
do something about it
* Compassion is a human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More
vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active
desire to alleviate another's suffering. It is often, though not
inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as
* compassionate - feel for: share the suffering of *
compassionate - showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and
compassionate voices of women"
* is the desire to identify with or sense something of another's
experience; a precursor of caring. 
o Understanding without judgment.
Which 'compassion' are you, Bill and St. Augustine referring to?
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, ChrisAustinLane <ch...@...> wrote:
You ask questions but do not answer.
Compassion is not something to understand. Bill shows us compassion in
Compassion does not have a beginning nor an end. Compassion is not a
understand, compassion is what is left when we act without adding
I hope that response to your questions is useful.
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On Nov 1, 2010, at 10:14, "ED" <seacrofter...@...
8qe_xb93PlOCVs4I-H8Tq4eOzCse06rbkyJwd829oZmQ> > wrote:
> What do you understand by compassion? What does Bill understand by
> What did/do St. Augustine then or Christians today mean bycompassion?
> In Buddhism, what is compassion? Does zazen give rise to compassion?
> Depending on your definition of compassion, how does it benefit
> --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
GjigAkNzgtY7m7xtFpf4zH3E1s3CfamUO1Cu7YMZf9jaU> , ChrisAustinLane
>> Is it fair to observe you prefer to try to understand Bill's
> understanding of compassion, than feel compassion?
>> Chris Austin-Lane
>> On Nov 1, 2010, at 6:08, "ED" seacrofter...@... wrote:
>>> Wherein do you perceive any intelligence or wisdom in St.
> Augustine's preference?
>>> What does St. Augustine mean by 'compassion'?
>>> What do you understand 'compassion' to be?
>>> --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
GjigAkNzgtY7m7xtFpf4zH3E1s3CfamUO1Cu7YMZf9jaU> , BillSmart@ wrote:
>>>> I'm forwarding a quote sent to me from another forum. I thought it
>>>> pertinent to our current discussions.
>>>> "I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it."
>>>> ST. THOMAS AQUINAS