compassion

A Quote by Shantideva on bodhisattva, compassion, and buddhism

May I be like a guard for those who are protectorless,
A guide for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to go across the water,
May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 51

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Shantideva on bodhisattva, compassion, buddhism, and suffering

Suffering also has its worth.
Through sorrow, pride is driven out
And pity felt for those who wander in samsara;
Evil is avoided, goodness seems delightful.

Shantideva

Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 81

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Tony Kushner on action and compassion

I am here to organize. I am here to be political. I am here to be a citizen in a pluralist democracy. . . . When you don't act, you act. When you don't vote, you vote. When you accept the loony logic of some of the left that there is no political value in supporting the lesser of two evils, you open the door to the greater evil. That's what happens when you despair, you open the door to evil. . . . Evil is happy refusing funds to American clinics overseas that counsel abortion, and evil is happy drilling for oil in Alaska; evil is happy pinching pennies while 40 million people worldwide suffer and perish from AIDS.

Tony Kushner

Source: Playwright Tony Kushner, graduation speech at Vassar College, The Nation (July 1, 2002)

Contributed by: Octavee

A Quote by John Welwood on love, abundance, gratitude, compassion, and surrender

We already have so much abundance.  We truly do.  We need not search too far.  It is within.  The reason we fail to recognize this is because we haven't quite mastered the art of being.  For abundance to prevail, we must have LOVE, gratitude, acceptance and compassion.

John Welwood

Source: Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart

Contributed by: Liza

A Quote by Epictetus on community, compassion, humanity, and grace

The universe is but one great city, full of beloved ones, divine and human by nature, endeared to each other.

Epictetus (c. 50 - 120)

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Christina Feldman on buddhism, compassion, and wisdom

Compassion is not just a feeling; it is a response to pain that is deeply rooted in wisdom.

Christina Feldman

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on anger, compassion, release, and practice

As a human being, you have the right to get angry; but as a practitioner, you do not have the right to stop practicing.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: be free where you are

Contributed by: Zoomair

A Quote by Dalai Lama on compassion

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama

Contributed by: Zoomair

A Quote by Yamamoto Tsunetomo on compassion, service, and love

What is called generosity is really compassion. In the Shin'ei it is written "Seen from the eye of compassion, there is noone to be disliked. One who has sinned is to be pitied all the more." There is no limit to the breadth and depth of ones heart. There is room enough for all. That we still worship the sages of the three ancient kingdoms is because their compassion reaches us yet today.

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Source: Hagakure- The Book Of The Samurai

Contributed by: Bushi

A Quote by Sakya Trizin on compassion and suffering

From beginningless time up until this moment, we have cared solely for ourselves and worked solely for our own benefit. Every exertion we performed was for our own benefit alone. But by acting in this way, all we have actually accomplished is more and more suffering. So this time, instead of caring for ourselves, we must care for others. As Shantideva said, "All the sufferings that beings experience in this universe arise from caring for oneself, and all the happiness that beings experience in this world arise from caring for others."

Sakya Trizin

Source: H.H. Sakya Trizin

Contributed by: Lee Weingrad

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