5

wisdom

8 of 8

wisdom and compassion

In the next lesson you will explore compassion, which is at the heart of meditation. Wisdom and compassion are two sides of the same coin. Wisdom by itself can be dry; compassion by itself can be mushy and misguided.

reflectHow might an understanding of the three characteristics of existence—impermanence, unreliability and emptiness—lie at the root of a skillful and creative compassion?

How might an awareness of death and the fleeting nature of life give rise to to compassion for yourself and others?

How might an awareness of suffering awaken compassion?