Compassion is an often-used word, but rarely understood. According to the Buddha, compassion is the relief of suffering. So, what is suffering? Buddha used the word ‘dukkha.’ We do not have an English equivalent, so often we use the word suffering, or dissatisfaction, or the German ‘angst.’ What does it mean? The Buddha taught 3 levels of dukkha – obvious physical and mental pain; the suffering of change; and all-pervasive conditioned suffering. The last is the root of all suffering. It is ignorance, or not knowing reality correctly. The opposite is wisdom realizing reality correctly. This is the exact point at which Buddhist wisdom becomes sine qua non for relieving suffering, or essential for compassion. More on this in the next few posts. My new book on this subject is now out – ‘Nagarjuna’s Wisdom,’ is available on Amazon.
Nov. 25, 2018 Shantideva “A Guide to The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” Shantideva “A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life” is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts regarding compassion. Dr. Barry Kerzin […]
Compassion is often misunderstood. Partly because we do not have a good word in English that gives the full meaning of ‘nyingje’ or ‘karuṇā’. Not only is this general compassion, it includes enlightened wisdom. There […]
Mar. 23 Sat. – 24 Sun, 2019 Meditation Retreat “Inner Disarmament: Change Your Life Through Meditation” Message from Dr. Barry Kerzin The world around us is chaotic and stressful. In order to cope with these […]