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Can you have too much compassion?
When you define the word compassion, it means to have a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering . In Buddhism, we should be compassionate, understanding, thoughtful, and kind. But does compassion really fit here? I interpret it as, one should be aware and acknowledge another's suffering. Okay this makes sense. And to then have sympathy for them is to in a way take on that feeling they are having and make an effort to end this suffering that they are experiencing. This seems big because I always viewed Buddhism as being passive. To not hold view or perceptions or to act out on others to change them. But what if the person doesn't want to, or isn't willing to be liberated from their suffering. Do we still pursuit or do we give up?
In summary- If someone is suffering, and as a buddhist you wish to help relieve them from this, is it our place to try to help them? Or are we doing the wrong thing by not being more compassionate... Confused I am.
Also, how can one be compassionate to another person, without clinging? This also seems like a challenge.