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Theravada and Compassion

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Theravada and Compassion

Postby Luke » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:47 pm

I am about half-way through the book "In the Buddha's Words" by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Previously, I had always regarded Theravada texts as being cold, analytical, boring, and full of irritating repetition. Although I am still fighting against those impressions of mine, I have found many particularly beautiful and inspiring passages in this book. My favorite part so far is this passage:
Here, monks, some person dwells pervading one quarter with a mind imbued with compasssion, likewise the second quarter, the third, and the fourth. Thus above, below, across and everywhere, and to all as to himself, he dwells pervading the entire world with a mind imbued with compassion, vast, exalted, measureless, without hostility, without ill will. He relishes it, takes a liking to it, and is thrilled by it.(page 216)

I found this part incredibly inspiring. This is like the compassion manifesto. I give it two Mahayana thumbs up! :twothumbsup:

Does anyone else know of any other Theravada teachings on compassion and loving-kindness?

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Re: Theravada and Compassion

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:36 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Theravada and Compassion

Postby Tex » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:27 pm

You might also like this study guide on the Brahma-vihara (Not sure if this is part of Mahayana? If so, you'll probably find it repetitive, but you might like it anyway).

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... html#basic
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus

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Re: Theravada and Compassion

Postby cooran » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:17 pm

Hello Luke,

I love this inspiring audio of the chant from Amaravati Theravada Monastery of the Brahma Viharas Metta; Karuna; Mudita; Upekkha
http://www.vipassana.com/audio_files/bvra.php

Suttas and articles on the Brahmavihara (Divine abodes; sublime states).
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/index-su ... ahmavihara

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Re: Theravada and Compassion

Postby Sanghamitta » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:33 pm

Lovely Chris, thank you.

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