Compassion is a unique emotion. It is passive yet it is an action. Being created in unconditional love it reaches beyond one’s senses to inhabit the flesh, form, and spirit of the receiver of compassion. It is born of our divine selves and when experienced, it inhabits the divine self of the other. It is Namaste in action – that elusive oneness we all seek. It transcends the concepts of tolerance and acceptance – it is truly the universe embracing your soul and that of another in the same breath.
Compassion cannot be taught – it already rests in each one of us in the same form that enlightenment resides in the soul of every being born to this life – waiting to be re-awakened.
Kuan Yin is immensely popular among Chinese Buddhist especially those from devotional schools. She is generally seen as a source of unconditional love and more importantly as a savior. In the Bodhissatva Vow, Kuan Yin promises to answer the cries and pleas of all beings and that she will liberate all beings from their own karmic woes.
The act, thought and feeling of compassion and love is viewed as Kuan Yin. A merciful, compassionate, loving individual is said to be Kuan Yin. A meditative or contemplative state of being at peace with oneself and others is seen as Kuan Yin. Only through compassion and love one can take the step to save others. Only by having peace within oneself can one save oneself.
Words of Wisdom
My religion is loving-kindness.
If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
—Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
In the Buddhist tradition, compassion and love are seen as two aspects of same thing: compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering; love is wanting them to have happiness.
Compassion is the willingness to play in the field of dreams even though you are awake.