Sobeh wrote:Discernment seems obvious as panna; what of empathy - some aspect of karuna or metta?
Marge wrote:... but we have to be careful that we are not being a victim by being too empathetic.
Extract from Itivuttaka: The Group of Threes
Iti 80 PTS: Iti 72 Vagga.sutta: Iti 3.31
translated from the Pali by
This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "There are these three kinds of unskillful thinking. Which three? Thinking concerned with not wanting to be despised; thinking concerned with gains, offerings, & tribute; thinking concerned with an empathy for others.  There are three kinds of unskillful thinking."
to not wanting to be despised;
to gains, offerings, respect;
to delight in companions:
you're far from the ending of fetters.
But whoever here,
— a monk like this —
of touching superlative
1.According to the Commentary, this refers to a monk's tendency to be overly intimate with lay people, overly susceptible to the rises and falls in their fortunes, "happy when they are happy, sad when they are sad, busying himself with their affairs."
Itivuttaka: The Group of Threes"(Iti 50-99), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight, June 24, 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
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