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What is Compassion?

Our innate human instinct to relieve suffering

Compassion is a sense of concern when we are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to see that suffering relieved.

Compassion isn’t heroic – it’s human & rooted in science.

Compassion is an innate quality that offers the possibility of responding to suffering with understanding, patience and kindness rather than fear, anger, and repulsion.

 

Scientific appreciation of our social nature has expanded and deepened, shedding light on the intimate connection between compassion and our health, mental well-being, longevity, sense of purpose, and the ability to maintain perspective in the face of stress and life challenges.

Only when we make compassion a guiding principle and active force throughout society – focused on alleviating suffering on an individual and collective level – will we be able to create a more caring and humane world.

"Compassion offers the possibility of responding to suffering with understanding, patience and kindness rather than, say, fear and repulsion."

Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D  Compassion Institute President and Co-Founder