compassion

A Quote by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on wisdom and compassion

But passive compassion alone is not enough to achieve victory in the struggle against inhumanity. A Buddhist
story that illustrates the inadequacy of the mere feeling of compassion tells of a mother with paralyzed arms who helplessly watched her child being swept away along a fast-flowing river. Those who are compassionate but who do not possess the wisdom to find the means of relieving the sufferings of their fellow human beings are compared to that mother. Meaningful compassion has to be active; it must seek the means to bring comfort to those who are in need of succour. Wisdom is necessary to enable us to discover those means.

Often lack of wisdom can result in deeds lacking compassion. The philosopher Karl Popper was asked in an interview if he believed in evil. "No," he answered, "but I believe in stupidity." His reply struck me as remarkably Buddhist: often in Buddhist teachings, the wise are associated with righteousness and the foolish or ignorant with evil-doing. "As sweet as honey is an evil deed, so thinks the fool..." Lack of wisdom blinds men to attitudes and actions that deny the basic humanity that should unite all peoples, regardless of race, language, creed or class. Once set on a course which emphasizes differences and exacerbates conflict, there is little room left for compassion. Wisdom can thus be seen as important not just for making compassion effective, but for generating compassion itself.

However, we should not consider wisdom therefore superior to compassion. If compassion without wisdom can be    illustrated by the story of the paralyzed mother, wisdom without compassion can be illustrated by a boatman who sits in his craft and eyes the hapless infant sweeping past on the current without making any effort to save it. Wisdom too can be as ineffective as passive compassion if there is no urge to use it to help others

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 -)

Source: Bodhicitta - http://www.humanity.org/journal/published/index.php?page=premier-6

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A Quote by Wayne Dyer on others, people, change, tolerance, compassion, and acceptance

Stop waiting for others to change. Recognize that every person has the right to be whatever they choose—even if you irritate yourself about it.

Wayne Dyer

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A Quote by Jimmy Carter on strength, nation, gentle, firm, thoughtful, restrained, compassion, insecurity, and jimmy carter

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.”

Jimmy Carter (1924 -)

Source: Thinkexist.com

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A Quote by Jimmy Carter on strength, nation, gentle, firm, thoughtful, restrained, compassion, insecurity, and jimmy carter

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.”

Jimmy Carter (1924 -)

Source: Thinkexist.com

Contributed by: Zoe

A Quote by Matt Ball on vegan, compassion, and ethics

Ultimately, living with compassion means striving to maximize the good we accomplish, not following a set of rules or trying to fit a certain label. From eating less meat to being vegan, our actions are only a means to an end: decreasing suffering.

What we choose to eat makes a powerful statement about our ethics and our view of the world -- about our very humanity. Whenever we choose not to buy meat, eggs, and dairy products, we withdraw our support from cruelty to animals, undertake an economic boycott of factory farms, and support the production of cruelty-free foods.

Regardless of any other beliefs we hold and however else we choose to lead our lives, each of us can decide to act with kindness and compassion. Making humane choices is the ultimate affirmation of our humanity.

Matt Ball

Source: http://www.veganoutreach.org/

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A Quote by Huston Smith on listening, religion, understanding, compassion, wisdom, and love

Understanding, then, can lead to love. But the revese is also true. Love brings understanding; the two are reciprocal. So we must listen to understand, but we must also listen to put into play the compassion that the wisdom traditions all enjoin, for it is impossible to love another without hearing that other. If we are to be true to these religions, we must attend to others as deeply and as alertly as we hope that they will attend to us; Thomas Merton made this point by saying that God speaks to us in three places: tin scripture, in our deepest selves, and in the voices of the stranger. We must have the graciousness to receive as well as to give, for there is no greater way to depersonalize another than to speak without also listening.

Huston Smith

Source: The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions, Pages: 390

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on consciousness, awareness, and compassion

Those who don't feel this love pulling them like a river, those who don't drink dawn like a cup of  springwater or take in sunset like a supper, those who don't want to change, let them sleep.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: The Illuminated Rumi, Pages: 33

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A Quote by Sanaya Roman on joy, gratitude, compassion, state, higher self, attitude, love, presence, appreciation, connection, feeling, give, receive, ability, freedom, and joyful

Joy is an attitude; it is the presence of love - for self and others. It comes from a feeling of inner peace, the ability to give and receive, and appreciation of the self and others. It is a state of gratitude and compassion, a feeling of connection to your higher self.

Sanaya Roman

Source: Living With Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation (Earth Life Series, Book I), Pages: 11

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A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on true names, compassion, connection, and presence

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.



Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Call Me By My True Names, Pages: 72

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Dalai Lama on love, interdependence, compassion, and happiness

Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others. But that is not all. We find that not only do altruistic actions bring about happiness but they also lessen our experience of suffering. Here I am not suggesting that the individual whose actions are motivated by the wish to bring others' happiness necessarily meets with less misfortune than the one who does not. Sickness, old age, mishaps of one sort or another are the same for us all. But the sufferings which undermine our internal peace -- anxiety, doubt, disappointment -- these things are definitely less. In our concern for others, we worry less about ourselves. When we worry less about ourselves an experience of our own suffering is less intense.

What does this tell us? Firstly, because our every action has a universal dimension, a potential impact on others' happiness, ethics are necessary as a means to ensure that we do not harm others. Secondly, it tells us that genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on. For it is these which provide both for our happiness and others' happiness.

Dalai Lama

Source: Ethics for the New Millennium: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pages: 62

Contributed by: Robin

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