Online: Anukampa – The Buddha’s Motivating Force for Care and Compassion-in-Action

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Online: Anukampa – The Buddha’s Motivating Force for Care and Compassion-in-Action
with Gil Fronsdal
Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm ET


The Buddha championed living with compassion and care for others. Compassion commonly translates to karuna, a term familiar to many Buddhist practitioners. Surprisingly, the Buddha did not evoke karuna in his teachings on a life benefitting others. For this he evoked the concept of anukampa, i.e., “care.”

This evening talk and meditation will consider the difference between karuna and anukampa, including why “care” might be a more fundamental emotion and motivation than compassion for a life devoted to the welfare and benefit of the world. It is anukampa that is most closely related to liberation.


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Gil Fronsdal

Gil Fronsdal is the guiding co-teacher at the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He started Buddhist practice in 1975, and has been teaching for IMC since 1990. Gil is an authorized teacher in two traditions: the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia, and Japanese Soto Zen. He holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He is a husband and the father of two sons.

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