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Compassion Discussion Questions

2012-01-30_17-22-01_114Some conversation starters:

  1. How would you define compassion?
  2. What does a compassionate organization (company, school, place of worship, community) look or sound like?
  3. How does one become a more compassionate person?
  4. Some Buddhist traditions believe that the goal in life is to be happy and that the path to happiness is to make others happy. What do you think?
  5. How does one become more compassionate?
  6. Who is one of the most compassionate people you know and why do you think so?
  7. When you have been suffering, what compassionate act was helpful to you?
  8. Define empathy: what experiences have you had that helped develop empathy?
  9. What serendipitous acts of kindness do you recall?
  10. Why is it important to show compassion to people we dislike?
  11. Does one`s motivation for showing compassion matter?
  12. What does your faith tradition say about compassion?
  13. Can one who has no faith tradition be a compassionate person?
  14. What are some examples of compassion?
  15. Is it important to be a caring and compassionate person? Why?
  16. Are you a caring and compassionate person? Give examples.
  17. Could you be more caring and compassionate? Give examples.
  18. Describe someone you know who is caring and compassionate.
  19. Is it possible to be caring and compassionate toward some people and not toward others? Why or why not?
  20. Do you have more compassion for certain types of people than for others? Please explain.
  21. Is there an advantage to being a caring and compassionate person? Please explain.
  22. Is there a disadvantage to being a caring and compassionate person? Please explain.
  23. Has there been a time when someone has shown caring and compassion to you? Please describe the situation and how that person’s caring and compassion affected you.
  24. Has there been a time when you have shown caring and compassion to another person? Please describe the situation and how your behavior affected both the other person and you.
  25. Is there a difference between the way males and females show they care or are compassionate? Please explain.
  26. Are caring and compassion related to age? Are they related to maturity? Can a child show caring and compassion? Please explain.
  27. Do you expect some people to being caring and compassionate? Do you expect others not to be caring and compassionate? Please explain.