Compassion

Hyo Jin Moon July 9, 2006 7:00 am Belvedere Unofficial Notes: Joe Kinney


Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim’s speech Sunday 09 July 2006.

My writing speed and ability to convey what was actually said are limited.

These at most convey some sense of what Hyo Jin nim said and are not a verbatim record.

Joe Kinney


Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a half bow.

(Hyo Jin nim does a half bow to the audience; he brought a small notebook and opened it on the podium.)


How are you doing?


Good morning.


Today I want to talk about compassion.


What the heck is compassion anyway?


It is very important to live with compassion and true love in your daily life.


Compassion comes from two Latin words meaning suffer together.


You have to have this feeling for others who are suffering that you want to help them, to reach out.


Before we talk about compassion, let’s talk about our basic self.


What is generosity? You don’t think about it. It just happens.


You think that you have more than you need and you share it.


(Some one’s cell phone rings and Hyo Jin nim says Hello? Hello?)


So I have a little more money than I normally need so I give something.


Compassion is different. You have to feel something. You have to feel the other person’s sorrow.


You have to feel the plight of others before you give.


Generosity is formation stage.


Compassion is growth stage.


Love is perfection stage.


Compassion is very important for you to understand love.


If I were to make a documentary and try to find out who is really giving to people; it is hard to find. Most charities only give about 50% of what they take in to people. Charities that give 70% or 80% are hard to find.


That’s why it’s important to teach your children about compassion and why it’s important to be generous.


Warren Buffet gave 31 Billion to the Bill Gates foundation. If you have a few Billion you are well off.


You can give a lot and make a difference, usually in the medical field.


You can take care of (fund) 30, 40, or 50 operations (foundations) with just the interest on 20 billion.


In the end it’