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The rise of compassion

lobsterlobster Veteran
edited June 21 in Buddhism Basics

Dear Friends,

As we all know, many spiritual ideologies, including Buddhism, are based on key realisations:

  • Compassion, kindness and love increases by resonance and enactment
  • Start with self, family, friends, social environment
  • Be the change ...

That has always been my plan, to the best of my limitations ... Now off to water some fragile flowers ...

What's your plan?



  • kandokando northern Ireland Veteran

    To walk the path, even though I often have no idea where I'm going - to quote my favorite Zen iconoclast Ikkyu 'if there's nowhere to rest at the end, how can I get lost on the way?

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited June 21

    @kando 'No plan' is too advanced for most of us, or maybe just me. Most of us lose ourselves in ideas of doing great good ... B)

    For example Resident ‘Evil’ Rump, the US Drama Queen, is trying to do good by putting children in larger cages, eg. Mexico - bless ... :p

    ... however the living dead and zombies are too advanced for all but the Bodhisattvas. o:)

    Oh gosh ... seem to have been distracted by the Sith ... rather than my practice ... :3

    The plan to develop Karuṇā is by focus and enabling ... I feel @federica is on the right track/path

  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran
    edited June 21

    To quote my rabbi - Just do good

    To quote HHDL - My religion is simple, my religion is kindness

    To quote me - I'm doing my best to be a good person who is mindful of every action and reaction and trying not to fk it up

  • ScottPenScottPen Maryland Veteran

    @Kundo, you and me both my friend. Better watch out, I'm sure there are a few Theravadans out there whose shorts get bunched up when someone starts saying people can be "good." :p

    also, to quote HHDL: 'Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.'

    Tryna be a better husband, better dad, better son, better brother, better paralegal, better dude to chill with.

  • personperson Don't believe everything you think 'Merica! Veteran

    I listened to a couple podcasts yesterday that pointed out the importance of gratitude in combating our personal despair, leading to strength. In the other Jack Kornfield brought up an example of TNH about escaping Vietnam in boats, when the seas got really rough and there was danger of capsizing if everyone on board starts to panic that only increases the danger, but if one person can remain calm others will see that and be able to remain calm themselves. Being that calm person amidst turmoil is what TNH and Jack Kornfield were saying Buddhist practice can bring to the picture.

    10% happier #139 and Metta hour with Sharon Salzberg #59

  • kandokando northern Ireland Veteran

    I wish to categorically deny being in any way advanced. I also try to be as good and kind as possible despite lurking theravadan ninjas and their shorts of doom. O.o

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Well I follow Theravada, but I don't consider myself either ninja, nor as having fired off any shots of doom. Don't really know why we have accrued such a bad rep. Probably Mahayana stirrers creating waves again....

  • ajhayesajhayes Northern Michigan Veteran

    My oldest (5 year old daughter) gave me a wonderful story to tell yesterday, regarding compassion.

    She has seen on the news all of the craziness going on with America, especially the trouble on the border, with families being separated. She was telling me about everything that she saw/heard and she seemed scared. So, I said, "Don't be afraid, sugar. You're safe." She responded, "I'm not scared. I'm sad. Imagine how much those people down there must be hurting."

    She's a pretty wise kid. I'm floored by how much better kids understand the world than adults do.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited June 22

    Remember that, the next time you believe your Act of Kindness seems insignificant....


    Generating kindness in thought (intention), word and deed is a significant life changing 'precept'. This is the inner circle, the tight/small personal liberation wheel of the Hinayana (not always a derogatory term).

    To quote my rabbi - Just do good

    Do you hate, the opposing team, criminal politicians or poverty? Yourself? Weakness?
    Increase in Love.

    Compassion, it is a plan ... and it works.

    Work it ...

  • namarupanamarupa Veteran

    In my view, everything seems to be moving in a myriad vortex. We should not create nor get sucked in to that vortex, but keeping in mind we are part of that cycle regardless.

    It’s possible that the mind is key. When the mind is nothing but pure mind, perhaps that element rejuvenates into the deathless realm instead of turning into a product that vortex or aka samsara.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Perhaps the impure mind/samsara being is beyond classification as much as the Nirvana abiding ...

    In fact samsara is a divisive, confusing, crazed, dualistic, craved for state we suffer in. Anybody enjoy it all the time? Head for more clarity, sense more peace, be the chill ... Well that is my plan ... :)

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