One topic that seems to be big within western Buddhist practitioners is compassion burnout, or people getting worn out from trying to do too much. Venerable Thubten Chodron addresses this issues by covering a wide range of topics. Some reasons that she lists for possible compassion burnout include:

  • People working in fields that serve other people and being prone to putting themselves in certain situations
  • Not understanding the difference between compassion and kindness, and trying to please others
  • Taking caring of everyone, but one’s self
  • Thinking one is only compassionate if one is suffering (tendency that occurs within a Judeo Christian upbringing)
  • Trying to rescue everyone because of wanting to feel needed

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