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What the Buddha and Adolf Hitler Taught Me about Compassion

What the Buddha and Adolf Hitler Taught Me about Compassion

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I am very grateful to my in-law family for teaching me about Buddhism – and for teaching me about Buddhism, not merely theoretically or academically or discursively, but by living it out. Some are devout Buddhists – assuming that is not an oxymoron – and others are more casual. But all are real in the sense that Buddhist teachings, with whatever fervor they may be exemplified, inform their lives. In particular, I am grateful for what they teach me in terms of the lived reality of the supreme Buddhist value of universal compassion.  So you can imagine my astonishment when, while pursuing my several-months-long reading of Mein Kampf, I found that the improbable juxtaposition of Adolf Hitler’s political autobiography and Buddhism afforded me a very practical, and intimately personal, insi...