Within Tibetan Buddhism, teachings on compassion often emphasize having compassion for others, rather than having compassion for one’s self.  However within the context of  western society, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist views on compassion have increasingly more  emphasis on first having compassion for one’s self.

In this talk, Venerable Chodron talks about how compassion for one’s self can be used in Buddhist practiced  rather than using it as a tool for self indulgence.  She mentions that having compassion for one self can be a tool for going beyond one’s self in order to eventually have compassion for others, and why having compassion for others should eventually be the main emphasis.

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