Measure of Your Compassion & Wisdom
- Realisation: The Measure of Your Compassion & Wisdom
Compassion without wisdom is unskilful as it can harm.
Wisdom without compassion is unskilful as it cannot help.
Only compassion with wisdom is skilful. - stonepeace
In the Bodhisattva practice of benefitting as many as possible, thus needing to use a wide variety of ways, "Upaya" (short here for "upāya kauśalya") is used - which refers to "skill in means", "skilful (expedient) means" or "tactfulness". The definition of the "skilful" refers to that which is wholesome, which leads (be it directly or indirectly) to purification of the mind - in other words, Nirvana or True Happiness. Upaya, though hard to pinpoint, is one of the most colourful and inspiring aspects of Buddhism, for it is the combined embodiment of compassion and wisdom in action.
One of the main reasons why we are fascinated by stories of the Buddha's interaction with the unenlightened is how he manages to skilfully use conditions present in the contexts of his audiences to share the truth. A masterful teacher, he is able to highlight the most subtle Dharma through the simplest of analogies and such. The strength of one's Upaya is directly equivalent to the quality and quantity of one's compassion and wisdom, which form the twin interdependent peaks of all other virtues. Thus, all Buddhas have perfect Upaya.
Emulating the enlightened, Buddhists practise the Dharma to perfect Upaya, by increasing compassion and wisdom. Upaya, which is "spiritual creativity" in outreach, is the expression of the Dharma with compassion and wisdom, beyond preachy ways. The best Upaya is often the least obvious! As long as there is Upaya, there will be endless ways to share the Dharma. When Upaya seems short, it implies the inadequacy of compassion and wisdom! First things first - you can't "market" the Dharma well if you do not practise what you preach! - Shen Shi'an
Share the Dharma that others lack, but practise the Dharma you lack too. - stonepeace
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