I've always wondered where the Buddhist emphasis on compassion fits in. It appeals to me, and I've read all sorts of references to it, but it just never seemed to add up. What does that have to do with pure open awareness? So, I was just thinking, if "life is suffering," compassion is the awareness of that. I guess that would make it kind of important.
If suffering is the bedrock of existence, as I remember some writer postulating recently, then compassion might logically be deemed the bedrock of awareness. See what what meditating for a few minutes every morning for three days in a row can do?
In all seriousness, think it might be long past time I tried a structured approach to meditation. I'm giving this a serious go. I just wish it could be voiced by some old monk with a thick accent. Which is rather dumb, I know.. but could I get some random temple noises in the background, too?