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