Direction of Compassion

The problem is whether we are determined to go in the direction of compassion or not.

If we are, then can we reduce the suffering to a minimum? If I lose my direction, I have to look for the North Star, and I go to the north.

That does not mean I expect to arrive at the North Star. I just want to go in that direction. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

4 thoughts on “Direction of Compassion

  1. My problem? I’m still trying to decide who is deserving of compassion, and who is not. For example, I have no compassion for people who abuse animals or children. None. I want them to die. Painfully.

    Maybe that is compassion? For who would do such things except those tormented by thoughts they cannot control. Maybe they will do better in their next lifetime if this lifetime is cut short.

    • I understand. You are not the only one to say this to me.

      Once, I read a sign….it was a Christian quote….”Love the sinner, not the sin” It is hard getting past the ‘sin’ & within Buddhist thoughts…past the effect which was triggered by a cause. Getting to the root per se.

      I cannot say I am to the point of having complete compassion for all. But I am working on it. People who abuse, hurt, maim, etc…really get to me. Which tells me I need more reflection and more meditation to understand better.

      Thank you Nancy…very thought provoking. Namaste:)

      • I read a Q&A session with the Dalai Lama recently.

        Asked whether he ever gets angry, the Dalai Lama replied, “Of course. I am human. It is human nature to get angry. The key is not to get swept away by that or any other emotion.”

        That’s not an exact quote, but it’s the gist of his thought. His answer made me feel more human . . . and more spiritual.


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