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GREAT COMPASSION

by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: John Balcom

The Sutra on Contemplation of the Buddha of Infinite Life asserts, “Great compassion is the heart of the buddhas. Unconditional compassion is used to help sentient beings.” The bodhisattva cares about all sentient beings without distinction, whether they are family or not.

For this reason, we should learn from all buddhas and bodhisattvas to broaden and free love from its narrowest meaning of loving ourselves and our family to loving everyone in society, our country, and throughout the world. Through compassion, we must expand the scope of love, purifying it through wisdom, respecting all that we love, and making sacrifices to fulfill our love.

If there can be love and closeness among all people, how wide the world and universe would be!

──from Humanistic Buddhism: A Blueprint for Life