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About Compassion
    #3907888 - 03/12/05 05:16 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Compassion is based on some sense of "soft spot" in us. It is as if we had a pimple on our body that was very sore--so sore that we do not want to rub it or scratch it. During our shower we do not want to rub too much soap over it because it hurts. There is a sore point or soft spot which happens to be painful to rub, painful to put hot or cold water over.

That sore spot on our body is an analogy for compassion. Why? Because even in the midst of immense aggression, insensitivity in our life, or laziness, we always have a soft spot, some point we can cultivate--or at least not bruise. Every human being has that kind of basic sore spot, including animals. Whether we are crazy, dull, aggressive, ego-tripping, whatever we might be, there is still that sore spot taking place in us. An open wound, which might be a more vivid analogy, is always there. That open wound is usually very inconvenient and problematic. We don't like it. We would like to be tough. We would like to fight, to come out strong, so we do not have to defend any aspect of ourselves. We would like to attack our enemy on the spot, single- handedly. We would like to lay our trips on everybody completely and properly, so that we have nothing to hide. That way, if somebody decides to hit us back, we are not wounded. And hopefully, nobody will hit us on that sore spot, that wound that exists in us. Our basic makeup, the basic constituents of our mind, are based on passion and compassion at the same time. But however confused we might be, however much of a cosmic monster we might be, still there is an open wound or sore spot in us always. There always will be a sore spot.

Sometimes people translate that sore spot or open wound as "religious conviction" or "mystical experience." But let us give that up. It has nothing to do with Buddhism, nothing to do with Christianity, and moreover, nothing to do with anything else at all. It is just an open wound, a very simple open wound. That is very nice--at least we are accessible somewhere. We are not completely covered with a suit of armor all the time. We have a sore spot somewhere. Such a relief! Thank earth!

Because of that particular sore spot, even if we are a cosmic monster--Mussolini, Mao Tse-tung, or Hitler--we can still fall in love. We can still appreciate beauty, art, poetry, or music. The rest of us could be covered with iron cast shields, but some sore spot always exists in us, which is fantastic. That sore spot is known as embryonic compassion, potential compassion. At least we have some kind of gap, some discrepancy in our state of being which allows basic sanity to shine through........ :heart:


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Re: About Compassion [Re: egghead1]
    #3907924 - 03/12/05 05:24 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Only good if it's genuine/sincere.

:thumbup: another good one egghead1


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Re: About Compassion [Re: Psychoactive1984]
    #3908015 - 03/12/05 05:48 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

True compassion comes as a decision, not an act motivated by emotions

Emotions are like plants, but you provide the soil and watter,
and you invest in their growth. It is by such actions of compassion
that you grow human-friendly emotions over the years, so they will always follow you in your acts of mercy and love.
But if you act ONLY from emotions such as saddness (pitty) or fear (being afraid of the same happening to you too) you are no different
from someone acting out of anger to beat someone.

So if you are only reacting to your soft spot when you show compassion, then you are just a puppet being manipulated by addictive processes in your mind.

If you show compassion even when you don't feel anything, or you don't feel like doing anything about it, you are fighting your own limits, and actually have a chance to become something more
than just a machine

The most valued deeds in life come from free will, not from direct motivations such as drugs or emotions


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Re: About Compassion [Re: OldWoodSpecter]
    #3908333 - 03/12/05 07:11 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Whatever you experience in your life--pain, pleasure, happiness, sadness, grossness, refinement, sophistication, crudeness, heat, cold,  or whatever--is purely memory. If you regard whatever occurs as a phantom, nothing ever happens. But because nothing happens, everything happens. But in  this case, although everything is just a thought in your mind, a lot of underlying percolation takes place. That "nothing happening" is the experience of openness, and that percolation is the experience of compassion...... :heart:


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Re: About Compassion [Re: egghead1]
    #3908743 - 03/12/05 08:41 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

the sore spot is nothing I would venture to fake and true enough a connection to the vulnerability of all others too.

i have seen some people manipulate other s by faking the sore, there is usually a real sore behind the fake one.


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Re: About Compassion [Re: redgreenvines]
    #3910459 - 03/13/05 05:37 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yes,:thumbup:  we should recognize our own true sore spot, and never presume to know anothers. But once we have opened to this soft spot, we can easily see and recongize true compassion, its simple becuase from our hearts it touches and communicates with the external world.  :heart:


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Re: About Compassion [Re: OldWoodSpecter]
    #3910509 - 03/13/05 07:40 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

We always talk about compassion but our level of sanity could be very primitive. Our sore spot could be just purely the love of tortillas or the love of curries. But that's good enough. We have some kind of opening. It doesn't matter what it is love of as long as there is a sore spot, an open wound. That's good. That is where all the germs could get in and begin to impregnate and take possession of us and influence our system. And that is precisely how the compassionate attitude supposedly takes place.

Not only that, but there is also an inner wound, which in Buddhism is called tathagatagarbha, or buddha nature. Tathagatagarbha is like a heart that is sliced and bruised by wisdom and compassion. When the external wound and the internal wound begin to meet and communicate, then we begin to realize that our whole being is made out of one complete sore spot altogether, which is called "bodhisattva fever." 

That vulnerability is compassion. We really have no way to defend ourselves anymore at all. A gigantic cosmic wound is all over the place--an inward wound and an external wound at the same time. Both are sensitive to cold air, hot air, and little disturbances of atmosphere which begin to affect us both inwardly and outwardly. That is the living flame of love, we can learn to open to that flame until it burns brightly in all of us, illuminating the darkness of ignorance....... :heart:


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