Nurture Your Compassion
  • A. Attention grabber:

"Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country

Is spent developing the mind

Instead of the heart

Be compassionate

Not just to your friends

But to everyone

Be compassionate

Work for peace

In your heart and in the world

Work for peace"

This quote is a great way to start your speech.-(Edit Destiny Borrero)

Quote Titled Never Give Up by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  1. Thesis Statement/Main Overall Point: It is important to cultivate compassion to alleviate human suffering and to flourish the wellness of humanity.
  2. Credibility Statement: I have read many articles and seen many documentaries which had confirmed within me one after another the vitality to feel compassion for the well being of oneself and others.
  3. Relevance Statement (optional): Who here can say they had never been a victim of suffering; physical/emotional? A human life starts with a great paradox of joy and suffering. Where there's joy of a new life, there's physical pain a mother has to undergo. What mother gives birth at peace, and what baby is delivered smiling? In a world filled with suffering, I believe compassion is the key to alleviate suffering of all kinds. During Meng Wu's Lecture at Stanford University, the director of the Central for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, James Dotey, M.D mentions that in his experience as a neurosurgeon many of the physiological pain manifest in different areas in our body from anxiety we feel in his conversation with Dr. Richard Davidson who is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also the founder and director of Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and in the center for investigating healthy minds. To say that compassion plays a key role in the well being of our psychological state would be an understatement, and to say our psychological state densely influences our physiological state would be an even bigger understatement.
  4. Review Main Points (optional): Without any further ado, First I will discuss the state of compassion and its definition from a Buddhist point of view, clarifying what is and is not considered compassion. Then I will carry on explaining the significance of compassion in this country where every 1 out of 10 adults suffer from depression according to a survey done by the Central for Disease Control and Prevent. And so on, I will touch upon how to cultivate compassion within you where I will use tips from great scholars, yogis, and from my personal experiences.
Great transition words, your intro def captures attention especially when you state "what mother gives birth at peace...." (edit Destiny Borrero)
  1. Body
  2. main pt1: Compassion
  3. Supporting Material-> “compassion (karuna, nyingje) is a mental state – endowed with a sense of concern – that focuses on another being and wishes for that being to be relieved of suffering,” definition of compassion that emerges from basic buddhist texts stated by Thupten Jinpa. This statement was found in “The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions” video posted on Are you including a video?
  4. Supporting Material-> Many things most people misinterpret compassion to be.
Transition: Now that I’ve discussed what compassion is and it is not, I will now discuss the significance of compassion in our society.**
  1. Main Point 2: Significance of compassion
  2. Supporting Material-> In a consumer's world, we are all fighting to be the best and we become highly critical of ourselves. We need to not only feel compassion for others but to ourselves as well. By loving oneself you can then extend the love to others. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
  3. Supporting Material-> Deal with stressful situations from a compassionate approach for a healthier mind and body.
Transition:Now that we have touched upon a few from many of the significance of compassion, I will discuss on how to cultivate this act.**
  1. Main Point 3: How to cultivate compassion
  2. Supporting Material-> Key elements of a Buddhist compassion practices
  3. Supporting Material-> lessons I have learned growing up on how to cultivate compassion

  1. Conclusion
  2. Review Main Points (optional): Having a semi acute knowledge on what the contemplative definition of compassion is and what it's not from a buddhist standing and from the modern sciences' standing, we now can attempt to apply our learning in this class and outside. Having said that, it may be obvious how much we can benefit from cultivating compassion as an individual and as a community.
  3. Clincher: In a world filled with cynics and selfish motives. Lend a hand and make a difference. Because, eye for an eye will only result in more rage and blindness over reality.

Great clincher! Overall this is a great topic and you had many interesting information. I never really thought about nurturing your compassion, you really informed me. Good luck presenting your speech (Destiny Borrero)