We highly recommend this interview with pioneering African-American Buddhist teacher Angel Kyodo Williams on “On Being” with Krista Tippett. (Image is from https://angelkyodowilliams.com, another great resource.
From the late Robert Aitken Roshi in Tricycle Magazine
Mindfulness doesn’t numb you to your emotions, but it makes them less of a roller coaster. It brings a measure of equanimity. So commitment to a cause—a commitment likely to fade if based on the passions of the moment—can endure. What’s more, a mindful attitude can preserve a sense for the big picture—for example, the fact that, even aside from mass shootings, thousands of Americans are killed by handguns every year – Robert Wright
Nothing is separate and alone. This is how things are. This is compassion, not merely an extra something one of us feels for another, but existence itself. Being is by its nature sharing and loving. And we realize this not as a concept or a method we can work at and finally grasp, but as a truth that we perceive through our mutual recognition, our mutual shared awakening. – Norman Fischer