Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Chapter Twenty-Three: Compassion Loves Suffering: Notes on a Paper Never Written
Compassion Loves Suffering: Notes ON A Paper Never Written
CHRISTOPHER GILHAM, DAVID JARDINE, & GRAHAM MCCAFFREY
Chris: I’ve been wanting to get to our shared work and well, it’s been just so busy here. Today is the last day of classes…and I’ve become something of the open office door guy for students so I get a lot of traffic here…very hard to get into anything…now I realize why lots of faculty are not here much…but I like being present and helping and believe me, some of these students need help…little bits and pieces of suffering…much like being in a high school…privileged work to be trusted…I often think of you sitting, listening, nodding and being attentive…being careful with your words…dropping insightful comments to shift a direction or mindset…I try to do the same…this life needs our attention, for sure, in order to be well with and for one another. Love this work!
David: I love it too, but. It becomes a matter, too, of how to not simply exhaust ourselves at this un-healable breach. That is the real trick, that sense of balance where I can maintain my ability to be attentive and be attentive as well. Again, of course, this is always judged event by event, as Graham’s paper [see Chapter 2] notes. This is why the compassion/mindfulness stuff only makes sense once the exigencies of practice are...
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