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.