Compassion Quotations and Mantras

heart-chakraCompassion may be defined as deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to relieve it. Our own suffering gives rise to compassion and can result in doing something for another without the expectation of  return, often at a personal risk or cost.  Without compassion our species would not have survived

Psychologists know that there is a heritable component to emotional capacity and that this affects the development of compassion among individuals. But empathy also has a learned component, which has more to do with analytical skills. During the first years of life, within the context of early relationships with mothers and other committed caretakers, each individual learns to look at the world from someone else’s perspective.  — Mothers and Others

It is my firm conviction that human nature is essentially compassionate and gentle. That is the predominant feature of human nature. Anger, violence, and aggression may arise, but on a secondary or more superficial level; in a sense, they arise when we are frustrated in our efforts to achieve love and affection. They are not part of our most basic, underlying nature.

My basic belief is that first you need to realize the usefulness of compassion, that’s the key factor. Once you accept the fact that compassion is not something childish or sentimental, once you realize that compassion is something really worthwhile and realize its deeper value, then you immediately develop an attraction towards it, a willingness to cultivate it.

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ― Dalai Lama XIV

Tibetan Buddhists believe that we all share, in our basic nature, unconditional compassion and wisdom. Whenever we are compassionate, or feel love for anyone, or for an animal or some part of the natural world, we experience a taste of our own natural connection with Chenrezig. — Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara the Bodhisattva of Compassion)

The Great Compassion Mantra Of Avalokitesvara 梵唱大悲咒

namo ratna trayaya, namo aryajana, sakara, bayrotsana,
bayuharadzaya tahtagataya, arahatay, samyaksam,buddhaya, namo sarwa tatha gatay,
bay arhaybay, samyaksam buddhaybay, namo arya awalokitay, sharaya bodhisatoya, mahasatoya,
mahakarunikaya, tayata omdhara dhara,
dhiri dhiri, dhuru dhuru, itay witai tsalay tsalay,
tratsalay tratsalay, kusumay kusumawa, ray ilimili tsiti,
dzola mapanaya soha…

大悲咒da Bei Zhou Great Compassion Mantra

Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion) The Great Compassion Mantra Song(Da Bei Zhou) –  大悲咒 is a mantra synonymous with Avalokitesvara. It is often used for purification and protection or to remove and to remove karma.

(黃慧音) Imee Ooi – (大悲咒) Great Compassion Mantra

The ‘Noble Eleven Faced Avalokitesvara Dharani‘ sung in Pali, an ancient language closest to Sanskrit.

“Love thy neighbor” is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people. — Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers

Buddhists practice a style of meditation called “tonglen,” in which the person extends compassion outward from their inner circle, first to their parent, then to a good friend, then to a stranger and last to all sentient beings.


  1. You seem so energetic, vibrant and full of life, I cannot imagine that you might be “overcoming” anything. Anyway it speaks volumes of how determined and strong in character you must be and I wish you well.
    One of the main things in my life that I really miss is the ability to write well. I guess that’s why I am truly fascinated by your ability to process words so meaningfully and so elegantly. Whatever it is, it has escaped me and is disheartening.
    My best

  2. I’ve heard about that study and I don’t think it states that religious people don’t give, but that what motivates them is different. I can’t imagine not being compassionate. I am religious and would do anything if I knew it would help others less fortunate. I am a natural promoter too. My whole family is that way. Pretty controversial statement. I think compassion is natural for most and others, well they must have been sick the day it was being handed out!

  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing this important information.

    Brain research suggests we may be hard-wired for compassion, but it’s clear we need to learn it from others. It’s this combination of nature and nurture that brings us to our potential as compassionate beings.

    To me this seems true: Anyone who wants their children to learn empathy must treat their children with empathy. Kids learn what they live, not what they’re told.

  4. Great post ( again!) Compassion does demand empathy, and I honestly believe that we can learn to be have empathy. ” To connect, a person has to have empathy, an ability to look at a possibility only imagined, not experienced, and it is through the extraordinary power of novelists and journalists that I have understood this. I know empathy can be learned, because I had to learn it from the pages of books and the leaves of journals, the text of poets and philosophers writing throughout the ages and across cultures. Not everyone has the cultural background or family circumstances that provides the potential for growth; or the extent of growth that is desired. ” –

    The difficulty lies in reaching for our own compassion when we are challenged by poverty, tyranny, domestic violence , the list goes on. By practising it as the state to aspire to always, we are more likely to achieve it during challenging times.

    It is interesting that you say religious people are less likely to behave in such a way, I think that is because often churchgoers and the like are more convinced of the ‘righteousness’ of their belief. I think they may try to behave compassionately, but find it harder to empathise with others outside their belief system. It is a generalisation and not a rule!

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