Great Compassion

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Great Compassion

Post by Nicholas » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:07 pm

The Mahayana panacea for all that ails humanity:
From the noble Dharmasamgiti Sutra:

Then the bodhisattva great being Avalokiteśvara said to the Blessed One, “Blessed One, bodhisattvas should not train in too many qualities. Blessed One, bodhisattvas should serve and understand one quality well, and then all the qualities of the Buddhas will be in the palms of their hands. What is that one quality? It is great compassion. Blessed One, through great compassion, all the qualities of the Buddhas are in the palms of bodhisattvas’ hands.
For example, Blessed One, wherever the treasures of a world-emperor goes, his army will go. In just the same way, Blessed One, wherever there is great compassion, there are all the qualities of a Buddha.
For example, Blessed One, when the sun rises, sentient beings engage in many activities. In just the same way, Blessed One, when great compassion rises, all the other qualities that lead to Awakening become abundantly active.
For example, Blessed One, all the sense-faculties, having mind as their basis, fully grasp their own objects. In just the same way, Blessed One, all the other qualities that lead to Awakening, having great compassion as their basis, fully perform their own functions.
For example, Blessed One, when life is present, the other faculties operate. In just the same way, Blessed One, when great compassion is present, all the other qualities that lead to Awakening operate.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Great Compassion

Post by Nicholas » Sun May 05, 2019 12:27 am

“What, you may wonder, does the great compassion of thus-gone ones consist
in? Noble son, the thus-gone ones’ great compassion is endowed with thirty-two
features and appears in an inconceivable manner throughout all the infinite
universes in the ten directions. What are these thirty-two features? They are as follows:

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of self and yet sentient beings are not interested.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of a sentient being and yet sentient beings speak of ‘sentient beings.’

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of a life force and yet sentient beings speak of ‘a life force.’

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of a person and yet sentient beings believe they are persons.
Ratnamegha Sutra 250ff
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Great Compassion

Post by Nicholas » Sun May 05, 2019 2:44 pm

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are nonexistent and yet sentient beings regard them as existent.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of location and yet sentient beings believe that they are
present at locations.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are baseless and yet sentient beings take delight in bases.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since
phenomena cannot belong to anyone and yet sentient beings think they can
make things their own.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since
phenomena cannot be owned and yet sentient beings pursue ownership.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of substantiality and yet sentient beings think they are
supported by substantiality.

“The thus-gone ones feel great compassion for sentient beings since all
phenomena are devoid of arising and yet sentient beings believe they are subject
to arising. [F.50.a]
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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