Lama Yeshe on compassion
- Q: What is the difference between attachment and compassion?
Lama: Compassion understands others' lack of pleasure and their
suffering situation. Attachment is "I want; I want"-concern for our
own pleasure. Compassion is concern for others' pleasure and the
determination to release other sentient beings from their problems.
But many times we mix our compassion with attachment. We begin with
compassion but after some time attachment mixes in and it then
becomes an attachment trip.
~ The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Thubten Yeshe
May this be of benefit.