"According to Buddhism, compassion is an aspiration, a state of mind, wanting others to be free from
suffering. It's not passive — it's not empathy alone — but rather an empathetic altruism
that actively strives to free others from suffering. Genuine compassion must have both wisdom and
lovingkindness. That is to say, one must understand the nature of the suffering from which we wish to
free others (this is wisdom), and one must experience deep intimacy and empathy with other sentient
beings (this is lovingkindness)."
-The Dalai Lama