Empathy vs Compassion

One of the differences between empathy and compassion is that while empathy is simply experiencing another’s emotion, compassion is a more empowered state where we want what is best for the other person.

As the Dalai Lama has described it, if we see a person who is being crushed by a rock, the goal is not to get under the rock and feel what they are feeling; it is to help to remove the rock.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams

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