"but to leave it as it is, to love it and be glad to belong to it"
Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed. - The Buddha.
The English noun compassion, meaning to suffer together with, comes from the Latin. As a virtue it is ranked as the greatest in all m
The Spirit of Compassion by Raynor Hoff (1894–1937), carved from marble on the South Australian National War Memorial, unveiled in 1931 - Credit: Bilby
ajor religious traditions. It is the virtue of compassion that enables a person to accept the follies of others, and empathize with the sufferings of the world, and nurture a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress with a desire to alleviate it. Compassion enables a person to love the world, and other beings, and hence develop a consciousness of the unity of purpose of all life.
Tibetan Bodhisattva of Compassion (Avalokiteshvara), statue made of brass alloy with copper and tin inlay - Credit: PericlesofAthens
"Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring us the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else." ... "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
- H.H. the Dalai Lama