To expound and propagate concepts is simple, to drop all concepts is difficult and rare.
— Nisargadatta Maharaj
We as Buddhists believe that benefiting others is an act of kindness, and the first thing that comes to our mind, as an act of kindness, is giving alms to the poor. That’s not the only way, there are many ways to be kind. Taking care of the environment and nature is also a very important act of kindness that can benefit many humans and animals alike in the future.
~17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
The mystic, by definition, seeks an essential, living awareness of the ultimate reality. While he or she may be a student of theology, ritual, and tradition, the mystic understands them not as absolutes but as signposts pointing the way to direct experience of the Eternal. A mystic, in other words, seeks personal validation of the truths proclaimed by religion and philosophy. Determined to walk the path and not simply read about it, mystics test and question with each step. As a result, mystics make poor dogmatists. But they make excellent poets.
~ Ivan M. Granger
I feel painfully the suffering of others: of the weakest, or more precisely the “most offended.” But I feel it because it weighs on me: so to speak, it bothers me, it hurts me. So, in a sense, it’s not an action for others: it’s an action for me. Because some other people’s sufferings are unbearable to me.
— Peter Ingrao
I don’t think we can say that empathy is self serving. That’s too easy, to criticize ourselves because it’s painful for some of us to see others suffer. There’s a sensibility that could be called mystic, or poetic maybe, that works to become genuine and truly connected to the values of connection. Empathy and compassion are the nervous system of connection. If you are untouched by the suffering around you you’re lost in disconnection.
We can become so disconnected that we’re unhinged and dangerous to living beings in our vicinity. We actually lose touch with ourselves. A lack of empathy is pathological, but it’s strangely common in our society. We can’t help but notice political…