Why Compassion Matters? Teachings of Buddha, Sri Amit Ray, Mother Teresa and Dalai Lama

Andrew McLeod
4 min readSep 17, 2018


What is compassion? There are many definitions, but there’s one thing all the greats agree on: love and help for others to overcome their difficulties.

If you can turn compassion into a habit, then you can turn happiness into a habit… let’s explore! Research has proven that we find others more attractive when they are compassionate and caring. Why Jesus, Buddha, Mother Teresa, Sri Amit Ray, and Dalai Lama are so attractive? Because of their compassion for the world.

Research says that to live a happy life, we need to be compassionate toward ourselves, for our relationships and for our co-workers.

Being compassionate entails imagining being in someone else’s shoes and desiring to ease their suffering. In times of pain, stress, or hardship people need compassion.

It goes without saying that there is no formula or key for compassion. Sometimes it takes a lot of hard work, sometimes it is easy but we have to start somewhere to learn and grow. You can start from yourself and then expand you horizons towards your family, workplace, society, and the whole world.

To motivate you on your journey, here are my top 15 inspirational quotes on compassion. I have selected these quotes from four great masters. Two of them are Buddha and Mother Teresa. Two of them are the masters of the present world: Saint Sri Amit Ray and the 14th Dalai Lama. They are the living inspirations on compassion for many across the world.

“Compassion challenges us to cry for those who are in pain and suffering. Compassion dares us to drive into the unknown where it can injure us” — Amit Ray

“When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.” — Amit Ray

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” — Gautama Buddha

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. “ — Mother Teresa

“Compassion is contagious. Every moment we choose compassion, we move towards a better world.” — Amit Ray

Research has shown that compassion releases oxytocin and serotonin — neurotransmitters that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It’s like a circle of happiness. Give compassion and you feel happy, you feel happy and you are compassionate!

“A compassionate heart radiates rays of beauty that removes the clouds of million hearts.” — Amit Ray

“Compassion has certain vibration — vibration that resonates with the cosmos. “ — Amit Ray

“The light of compassion opens the petals of the heart. When the petals of the heart unfold fragrance spreads across the valley.” — Amit Ray

The most dangerous barrier to compassion is the denial of responsibility for our actions. When we deny responsibility for our actions, we enter dangerous territory and distance ourselves from our humanity.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” — Dalai Lama

To be compassionate does not require fixing problems or agreeing with others. It only calls for giving someone your full attention and presence. Compassion recognizes the humanity in all people, and accepts that all of us have our weaknesses. Yet, compassion does not mean condoning or tolerating abusive behavior.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama

“A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.” — Dalai Lama

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ― Mother Teresa

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama

Compassion has special powers. You can calm fear, insecurity, hurt and anxiety not only in yourself, but in those that are experiencing those feelings.

The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. — Buddha

May these quotes inspire you to become a more compassionate individual.



Andrew McLeod

Data Scientist. Machine Learning Consultant and a Proud Father. Music Lover ….