What is the Experience of True Compassion?

“What is the experience of true compassion? While recognizing mind essence, there’s some sense of being wide awake and free.  . . . [A]t the same time there’s some tenderness that arises without any cause or condition. There is a deep-felt sense of being tender. Not sad in a depressed [or] in a hurting way, but tender, and somewhat delighted at the same time. There’s a mixture; that is the true compassion. It’s slightly joyful and slightly sad. There’s no sadness for oneself, nothing selfish about it. Nor is there sadness for anyone in particular either. It’s like being saturated with juice, just like an apple is full of juice.”

Carefree Dignity, p. 159