The Seeds of Love
We all have the
seeds of Love in us. We can develop this
of energy, nurturing the unconditional Love that does not expect anything in return.
When we understand someone deeply, even someone who has done us harm,
we cannot resist loving him or her. Shakyamuni Buddha declared that the Buddha
of the next eon will be named - "Maitreya, the Buddha of Love."
The second aspect of true love is
karuna, the intention and capacity to
relieve and transform suffering
and lighten sorrows. Karuna is usually translated as "compassion," but that is not exactly correct.
"Compassion" is composed of com ('together with") and passion ("to suffer"). But we do not need to
suffer to remove suffering from another person. Doctors, for instance, can relieve their patients' suffering
without experiencing the same disease in themselves. If we suffer too much, we may be crushed and
unable to help. Still, until we find a better word, let us use "compassion" to translate karuna.
To develop compassion in ourselves,
we need to practice mindful breathing,
deep listening, and deep
looking. The Lotus Sutra describes Avalokiteshvara as the bodhisattva who practices "looking with the
eyes of compassion and listening deeply to the cries of the world." Compassion contains deep concern.
You know the other person is suffering, so you sit close to them. You look and listen deeply to be able
to touch their pain. You are in deep communication, deep communion with them, and that alone brings
One compassionate word, action, or
thought can reduce another's suffering
and bring them joy.
One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile
a conflict, or open the door to liberation. One action can save a person's life or help him take advantage
of a rare opportunity. One thought can do the same, because thoughts always lead to words and actions.
With compassion in our heart, every thought, word, and deed can bring about a miracle.
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Namaste ~ Love
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