This quote by Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax is from her 2010 TED Talk on the lessons she learned about empathy, or compassion, by working with the terminally ill. Says Halifax, compassion is to realize we are not separate from people who are suffering, and to engage in activities that transform this suffering, without being attached to the outcome. This particular quote means that given the fact that compassion is so beneficial both to the person who practices it and the person who receives it (she also gives data supporting this assertion), health care providers such as doctors and nurses should be educated in how to empathize with patients.
Watch the full TED Talk here: Joan Halifax – Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy
“Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy.” TEDWomen 2010. Dec. 2010. Conference Presentation.
User profiles are currently in beta. Please sign up below and we’ll send you an invitation as soon as one becomes available!
Why Join? Add popular quotes and authors to your own personalized collection, follow other users, upload picture quotes, and get the quote of the day.
Using the appropriate style guide, simply copy and paste the information below to add the citation to your bibliography.
Quote By Joan Halifax. (n.d.). Quotery. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from
“Quote By Joan Halifax.” Quotery. n.d. Sat. 25 Oct. 2014.
“Quote By Joan Halifax.” Quotery. Accessed October 25, 2014.