Thursday, August 6, 2009

Love and Compassion

Next, beginning with an attitude
Of love for all living creatures,
Consider beings, excluding none,
Suffering in the three bad rebirths,
Suffering birth, death and so forth.

1 comment:

  1. There is a progression in Buddhist meditation. First one meditates on the kindness of all sentient beings and from that one passes into a meditation on universal love, that is, a love expressed equally to all. And then one considers the suffering of all beings and out of this arises a deep sense of compassion. Then out of this one develops a strong wish to end their suffering, and understanding that all suffering arises from ignorance, one desires to attain Buddhahood so that one can end the suffering of others. This wish to attain Buddhahood to remove the suffering of all beings is called bodhicitt.a