H.H. Karmapa on cultivating compassion
Q: Where do you see the main problems of today’s world and human society and how do you think Buddhism can help to solve these problems?
Today, on this planet, with its ever-growing society of different nations, there are many conflicts. We cannot clearly identify all the particular reasons for each of these conflicts. However, we can recognize some common causes that generally lead to these conflicts:
Our actions are often governed by self-interest. And they are motivated by materialistic desires. The more we give in to these cravings the more conflicts arise.
If we were able to minimize our self-interest and our egoistic thinking and instead develop an attitude of altruism, of loving kindness and compassion – an attitude of genuine respect for the well being of others – then we can reduce conflict and we can develop peace.
This training is the very heart of the Buddhist way. We all can learn these techniques and experience the benefits of these exercises. This is one of the contributions that Buddhism can give to our world of today.