As usual, Bill's responses are right on the mark :-) In my experience, compassion is not something I ever thought much about, it is just a natural response, just something I do. I eat, I sleep, I pass water, I help my neighbor, I feed the stray cats in my neighborhood, I help out at the library.
In reference to the conversation, well, I want to do these things, so there is desire there I think. If seeing another in pain or suffering or in need causes me discomfort, then my compassion is not completely 'unselfish', is it? But- - Does it really matter, all the whys and wherefores, and what Buddha said? Or is what happens what matters? Artie ================================= FROM: Over the hills and far away. . . The way to do is be. Lao Tzu ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/