Compassion

The cultivation of karuna, or compassion, which tempers wisdom's cool discernment
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    The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective On The Teachings Of Jesus Paid Member

    The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of JesusHis Holiness the Dalai Lama Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1996.207 pp., $24.00 (hardcover). More »
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    Avalokiteshvara Paid Member

    Avalokiteshvara is recognized throughout the Mahayana Buddhist world as the bodhisattva of compassion. Having made the vow not to enter nirvana until all beings have attained enlightment, this bodhisattva remains in samsara in order to answer the cries of suffering—hence the name Avalokiteshvara, "Perceiver of the World's Sounds." In Tibet, Avalokiteshvara's principal manifestation is Chenrezi, the bodhisattva invoked by reciting the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. In China, the earliest paintings depict Avalokiteshvara as male, but by the seventh century C.E. he had assumed the willowy, feminine form of Kuan yin. This Chinese form was adopted in Japan, where she is called Kannon of Kanzeon, and is generally depicted as female or androgynous in form. More »
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    Where is Buddha? Paid Member

    IN MY OFFICE THERE IS A SCROLL with Japanese calligraphy and a painting of Zen master Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma is a fat, grumpy-looking man with bushy eyebrows. He looks as if he has indigestion.  The calligraphy reads, "Pointing directly at your own heart, you find Buddha. " More »
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    Capable Compassion Paid Member

    Compassion is not just an emotion one might feel after reading something sad or heartbreaking. Our compassion is a source of energy and strength. It is the basis for our actions in the world. From Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us, by Tai Moses © 2014 Parallax Press. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. More »
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    The Great Compassion Paid Member

    My eyes being hindered by blind passions,I cannot perceive the light that grasps me;Yet the great compassion, without tiring,Illumines me always. Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, The Collected Works of Shinran, Vol. 1.     More »