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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Thubten Chodron

 

Thubten Chodron & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Buddhism

Thubten Chodron is an American Tibetan Buddhist nun and a central figure in reinstating the ordination of women. She is founder and Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery near Newport, Washington.

Thubten is active in interfaith dialogue and does Dharma outreach in prisons  She is the author of many books,  including, Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig.

How to build a culture of empathy and compassion?

1. Education in schools (how to identify emotions, how to work with them inside, how to express them, how to empathize, non-violent communication)
 

2. Media (influence what the media reports, what constitutes entertainment? show examples of healthy conflict resolution)
 

3. Individuals familiarizing themselves with empathy and compassion on a daily basis


4. Workplace (the feeling in the company depends a lot on the leader, talks or courses an working with anger)
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 Thubten Chodron & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Buddhism



3 ideas how to build a culture of empathy and compassion

1. Education in schools (how to identify emotions, how to work with them inside, how to express them, how to empathize, non-violent communication)
 

2. Media (influence what the media reports, what constitutes entertainment? show examples of healthy conflict resolution)
 

3. Individuals familiarizing themselves with empathy and compassion on a daily basis


4. Workplace (the feeling in the company depends a lot on the leader, talks or courses an working with anger)


Questions to ask:

1. Some people fear being empathetic or compassion because others may take advantage of them, they may be overwhelmed by their own sadness at others' situations, they will have to agree to do things that they don't think are right for the sake of compassion. How do we work with such fears?

2. Some people think something is wrong with them because they don't feel much empathy or compassion.

3. How do we train ourselves in empathy and compassion?