Buddhism and Disability: Why Compassion is the Only Appropriate Response
What is the Buddhist view of people with a disability? The answer will depend on who you talk to. Unfortunately many people misunderstand suffering as being a kind of punishment for one’s previous bad karma. Then, whenever we have the notion of punishment, it may seem justified for us to look down on others as being ‘bad’. But all these ideas are based on judgments, which highlights a common misunderstanding about karma.
This video discusses this issue of karma and disability and how the correct response can only ever be compassion.
What the world needs now is more compassion and less judgement; more “I understand” and less “shame on you”. Then the healing of humanity will be more common than suffering. ~ Lisa Prosen