Talks December 1, 2018 | 58 min.

Love and Compassion: The Essence of Practice

Mark Coleman

Two facets of empathy are important to notice. One is when we’re with someone who’s suffering: we feel with, we resonate with, we literally sense the other person’s experience. And then there’s a cognitive layer: we’re able to put ourselves in their shoes, because we know suffering in our own experience. Then we are able to feel the aspiration, the impulse of the heart to help in whatever way alleviates the suffering. We all have this capacity innate within us. Someone falls down in front of you, and you don’t even think about whether you should pick them up. You’re just there.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

Residential Retreat Teacher

Mark has trained extensively in the Buddhist tradition. He is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock, an author and has taught insight meditation since 1997.

Mark has led wilderness nature retreats worldwide for two twenty decades and leads leads year long nature meditation teacher trainings in the US and Europe.

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