idiot compassion

A Quote by Roger Merra on compassion, wisdom, idiot compassion, left, right, and politics

Conservative extremists minimize the role of compassion, often while maximizing their use of the word; liberal extremists minimize the role of wisdom and often descend into what Chogram Trungpa Rinpoche has called "idiot compassion"

Roger Merra

Source: Living Poems, Writing lives page 14

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A Quote by Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on compassion, idiot compassion, and buddhism

 Idiot compassion is the highly conceptualized idea that 
you want to do good....Of course, [according to the mahayana teachings of
Buddhism] you should do everything for everybody; there is no selection
involved at all. But that doesn't mean to say that you have to be gentle
all the time. Your gentleness should have heart, strength. In order that
your compassion doesn't become idiot compassion, you have to use your
intelligence. Otherwise, there could be self-indulgence of thinking that
you are creating a compassionate situation when in fact you are feeding the
other person's aggression. If you go to a shop and the shopkeeper cheats
you and you go back and let him cheat you again, that doesn't seem to be a
very healthy thing to do for others.

Chogyam Trungpa

Source: The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume 2 : The Path Is the Goal - Training the Mind - Glimpses of Abhidharma - Glimpses of Shunyata - Glimpses of Mahayana - Selected Writings, Pages: 407-408,410

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