I think this week’s in-class discussion was particularly beneficial to me in that it got me thinking about how the doctrines of interdependence and No-Self can contribute to a compassionate attitude. In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, it seems more important than ever to cultivate this attitude of compassion for everyone, from the workers putting themselves at risk for the sake of the functioning of our society to those who have actually been infected with the virus. I had never considered these Buddhist ideas as leading directly to the cultivation of compassion, but the discussion made me realize otherwise. In terms of No-Self, the idea that things/people don’t have an inherent nature leads to the realization that a person cannot be inherently bad and that everyone is therefore deserving of compassion. Keeping this in mind could potentially allow someone to maintain an attitude of compassion when confronted with a situation or a person that he or she might otherwise label as being “bad” or undeserving of compassion. In terms of interdependence, I think recognizing this theme can lead to the realization that every every action we take has a ripple effect and holds a lot of weight. This could make someone more mindful of the importance of our actions, and ultimately make us act more compassionately.