It amazes me when I look at what is out there.. what people are reading - what people are watching... when they could be reading something as wonderful and life changing as this little book. The creator Pamela Bloom, who admits to having been disappointed when Christened with the Buddhist name 'Compassion Dharma Lake' by a Buddhist master - is trying to understand what compassion really is. To do this she has interviewed and gathered together stories and teachings by many great Buddhist teachers including Sogyal Rinpoche and His Holiness The Dalai Lama as well as many others.
The New Testament emplores Christians 'whatever is good, whatever is true - think about these things.' For those of us that seek to put our focus on learning how to be people that can bring love, kindness, compassion and peace to the world by influencing our own hearts - this book makes welcome reading. The greatest teachings are all here and expressed with humility and humour by a wealth of extraordinary contributors.
In reading this book I had to hold back my desire instantly to purchase ten copies as I know so many who will be touched, encouraged, warmed and inspired by what is here. The book even ends with descriptions of how to begin the two great Buddhist meditations - the meditation of loving-kindness and that of tonglen which - if practised with love and patience, as is suggested in the book, have the power to transform all our human relationships - even those which appear beyond hope.
Absolutely wonderful book. As they say in the five star reviews - if you only read one book this year - let it be this one.