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Buddhaghosa on compassion

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  • sharon werner
    Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others suffering. It is manifested as
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 1, 2012
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      "Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying
      suffering. Its function resides in not [enduring] others' suffering.
      It is manifested as non-cruelty. Its proximate cause is to see
      helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering. It succeeds when it
      makes cruelty subside, and it fails when it produces sorrow."

      -Buddhaghosa, "Visuddhimagga"
      From "365 Buddha: Daily Meditations," edited by Jeff Schmidt.
      Tarcher/Putnam


      May this be of benefit.
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