For a happy family life, two things are essential: sharing and caring, what in Buddhist terms is called “compassion.” We often think that compassion is something that only applies to disaster victims, when in fact it’s often the case that the biggest “disasters” are the ones that happen in one’s own family. If you get into an argument at home first thing in the morning, it has a negative impact on the entire day. Likewise, if you regularly come home from work feeling irritated and then squabble with your spouse, that’s a calamity with global implications.

~Khangser Rinpoche~