Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Compassionate Action and the Power of Emotions


Last week, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche was in New York City to talk on compassionate action. This theme follows the recent teachings  given by His Holiness Karmapa in Seattle on A Call to Compassionate Action.

What is compassionate action? Rinpoche said during his teaching: “Compassion is not about sugar coating… compassionate action is to see how one can help a person become free from suffering and to bring a sense of happiness and joy.” Rinpoche also reminded us that it is important to be aware of our boundaries in terms of what we are able to do and what we are not when it comes to compassionate action.

See the short clip from Rinpoche’s teaching in New York on compassionate action:

In line with this concern for compassionate activity, Ponlop Rinpoche recently met with compassionate activisit Erika Berg, the author of the book Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma at Nalanda West in Seattle. Read the full article on their meeting and Berg’s activities here.

This weekend Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is giving two full days of teaching at the Friend’s Meeting in Washington D.C. on the topic Relating with the Wisdom and Power of Emotions. Rinpoche’s teachings on emotions complement Western psychology and are easily understood by Western practitioners. They are designed to help us become aware of the basic nature of our emotions as wisdom.

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