The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - Chapter 12: "Compassion: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel" Summary & Analysis

Sogyal Rinpoche
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Chapter 12: "Compassion: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel" Summary

Sogyal begins the discussion by defining compassion. He mentions compassion is not a sense of sympathy, or a warming of the heart, but is a sustained and practical determination to alleviate suffering. The compassion of the Buddhist teachings is one of logic, in that the compassion taught makes the practice urgent and far reaching, as well as stable and grounded. This level of compassion is the primary power of karma, and can combat the selfish nature found in samsara. By taking on the suffering of others, one can increase wisdom and the source of enlightenment. Compassion protects from self-interest, and is the source for all healing. Sogyal notes three benefits for the dying person stemming from one's compassion. First, the opening of the heart allows for unconditional love. Secondly, the inspiring atmosphere of...

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