The Two Aspects To Compassion

In Buddhism there are two aspects to compassion.

One is peaceful, represented by deities that are open and loving – graceful, beautiful and holding flowers, smiling radiantly. The other aspect is wrathful – these deities might be holding swords and other weapons, surrounded by flames with a fearsome countenance.

Sometimes we need to be present in a very definitive kind of way. We have to tell somebody to stop doing something or stop them ourselves, especially if they are causing harm to themselves or others.

 

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