Compassion and Self-Discipline

Few would doubt that it is virtuous to cultivate compassion, to move through the world in a way that is aware and considerate of others. What we often overlook is how it can take some discernment to act in a truly compassionate way. Shantideva, a great Indian Buddhist philosopher, wrote about this matter at length, suggesting that disciplining the mind is important to help us discern what actions are in service of others and what are merely in the best interest of our egos. Lawrence Levy touches on how the topic relates to modern life in this short video excerpt from a meditation at Juniper San Francisco.