What is Compassion?

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Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”  Dalai Lama

The above photos were taken over the Fourth of July in the town of Lily Dale, New York.  The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling (www.drepung.org) came to this Spiritualist town to perform their Making of a Mandala Ceremony.  This ritual is done to help us promote peace, healing and compassion for the entire planet.  After a traditional opening ceremony of music and chanting, the Buddhist Monks got busy building their mandala.  We were invited to stay and pray, meditate, or just simply gawk as the monks began an incredible 3 day construction job.

Over the next 3 days, we saw the mandala in various stages.  One of  the most impressive part of this mandala making process was the absolute peace in that room as the monks worked in prayer and contemplation.  Even as people came and went, there was an unmistakable “vibe” of love and compassion in that room. They were working in harmony toward a higher purpose.  Truly humbling.

On the 3rd day, the Mandala was complete.  We gathered for the closing ceremony and some more music and chanting.  Then, the most horrifying(at the time) thing happened.  The Lead Monk took a little hand broom and swept that magnificent piece of art into a container. This is done to symbolize the Buddhist beliefs of non-a attachment. The Monks then took the blessed container, walked in a symbolic musical procession through town and out onto the dock at the lake.

After the appropriate chanting and other offerings, the Monk then poured the blessed container of sand into the water…..into the world……to promote peace, healing and compassion.  Poof!

After I got over my initial attachment to the whole ceremony, I was able to understand a bit more about this peace, love and compassion thing.  Just by being there, I participated in this amazing ceremony and acts of compassion…thought…word….deed..

Compassion can consist of ANY act of kindness.  Kind thoughts, kind deeds….there are many ways to demonstrate compassion.

If you are interested in learning more about Compassion in the D please consider coming out to our next event in September. You can also join us by becoming a member of Compassion in the D. Just sign right up on this website.  It does not have to cost anything!  If you are unable to Donate join us anyways.  If you can give some, that would be great.  If you know of a Company or Business that may like to be included….please contact us.  We need more compassionate in our world and our cities.  Let’s show our Compassion in the D and our support to help promote peace and well-being for all .