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The Buddhist Concept of Karuna

King's High girls in Year 9 have been looking at the Buddhist concept of Karuna (compassion to those in need). As part of their work, the girls have composed a 100-word tweet to explain why Karuna is so important in today's world. Here are just a few examples: 

“I believe that karuna is important today because it is important to care for other people.  There is also the matter that it is one thing to feel compassion but another thing to see people suffering and actually help them.  Of course, it’s impossible to relieve all suffering but it’s integral that we at least try to – as a world without compassion would be a cold and unforgiving one, certainly one I wouldn’t want to live in.  Like, now, if the government chose not to help financially with coronavirus – millions would lose their jobs and go hungry or even homeless – that compassion is needed in times like these more than ever.”

Lillian – 9S

“I think that it is very important to be compassionate in these modern times. This is because many people are not as fortunate as others. Compassion gives us the ability to understand someone else's situation and the desire to take action to improve their lives. For people who are dependent on others for help and support, compassion is often very important in allowing them to lead fulfilling lives. Compassion and empathy are fundamental aspects of quality relationships as they enable kind and loving behaviour. Not only does showing compassion for others make us feel better about ourselves.”

Molly – 9S

“Demonstrating compassion in the current time is so important as we are all human and we all need to look after one another. Coronavirus is affecting everybody differently but everyone is being effected in some way and so we can all relate to the pain everyone is experiencing. We can all help each other to feel safe and secure by doing simple things like checking on an elderly neighbour. Small actions like FaceTiming a friend of family member can really make someone’s day but it costs you nothing. Be compassionate to others and they will be compassionate to you.”

Elizabeth – 9S

“It is important to demonstrate karuna (compassion) because it gives us the ability to understand someone else's situation and the desire to take action to improve their lives. For example, when you see a homeless person on the streets you could improve their lives by maybe giving them some advice or giving them food or drink or give them some new clothes. For people who are dependent on others for help and support, compassion is often the most important factor in allowing them to lead fulfilling lives. Compassion is also important because it makes you a better person by bringing helpful changes into other people life's which is a very kind and generous thing to do which many don't do often, and it should be prioritised more.”

Alodie – 9S