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The Fearless Heart: How To Live A Courageous Compassionate Life

Do you have the courage to live compassionately?

Do you know how to be compassionate towards yourself and others?

Dr. Thupten Jinpa Langri, the principal lead translator for the Dalia Lama, and creator of the Compassionate Training Course for Stanford Medical School, believes we unconsciously fear compassion. There are certain circumstances we naturally feel inclined to be compassionate; however most of us are not walking around with compassion on our sleeve.

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In a talk he gave at UBC last week, he explained that we fear showing ourselves too much compassion, as it will create slack, procrastination, while potentially excusing poor behaviours. Equally, compassion can be seen as weakness. Others will take advantage of us, it’s time-consuming, inconvenient, and can feel as though one is advocating bad behaviour.

What would the world look like if we decided to proactively make compassion our primary motivating factor?

What if we cultivated an environment for mindfulness and compassion to blossom?

Choosing compassion when a situation calls for it, as well as consciously bring compassion into all situations, provides a purposeful meaningful life. It allows us to be receptive to our own mental transformation, relieving stress, fighting depression, improving our health, achieving our goals and changing the world.

The misconception is that being compassionate hinders self-preservation, and that our survival requires us to look out for number one.

Jinpa asks:

Compassion doesn’t necessarily mean advocating, or changing negative behaviour, but more so understanding it. From this place, we can dissolve the disconnect within, where all our experiences, feelings, and reactions are rooted. Imagine the changes this could have on the world.

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I have not read A Fearless Heart, but after seeing Dr. Jinpa Langri speak, it is next on my list. 

In a world that seems to be riddled by anxiety, depression, addiction, and separation, can’t we all embrace a little more compassion? Not in a naive sense, but instead embracing a wise perspective. Compassion does not have to threaten our survival. The power of compassion is simply the ability to bring joy and understanding to others, and bring more meaning to our own life.

Here is a beautiful talk, featuring Thupten Jinpa.

Conversations on Compassion with Thupten Jinpa, PhD

You can find his book here

I would love so much if you share this with a friend that is struggling with their compassion.

Sending you love, light and peace.