Well said Ben!
The Buddha and Arahanats do not cry because they have developed the Perfection of Equanimity and see things as they really are.
Individual wrote:Annabel wrote:I've also heard of the theory about Jesus years in India and teaching and dying there, after crucifixion, I watched some good ducumentaries about this on TV.
Corinthian 13 is my favorite from the Bible.
I also like what Jesus said: " What you do for the lowest of my brothers, this you do for me."
Compare: "He who attends on the sick attends on me," declared the Buddha, exhorting his disciples on the importance of ministering to the sick.
I also like the story of the Good Samaritian, who was a true example of compassion and selfless caring.
That reminds me of another passage I neglected to mention.
James 1:26-27If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Ben wrote:Annabel wrote:A Bodhisattva would cry out of compassion.
How do you know Annabel?
Do you know of a sutta reference where the Buddha retold an anecdote from one of his past lives where he shed tears and explained that it was out of compassion? A textual reference is really the only way we can know, unless one meets a bodhisattva, knows the being is a bodhisattva, and then asks the being whether they cry out of compassion.
I think it is also a mistake to associate compassion with crying. Getting overwhelmed by the suffering of others is actually aversion, not compassion.
How do you know Annabel?
unless one meets a bodhisattva, knows the being is a bodhisattva
"Tendzin Palmo, a nun:
"I pray that this life of purity and renunciation which is so rare and precious in the world, that this jewel of the Sangha may not be thrown down into the mud of our indifference and contempt.'
It was an impassioned, formidable cry from the heart.
When she had finished a great hush fell over the gathering. No one was laughing now.
As for Tenzin Gyatso, (the Dalai Lama), the Great Ocean of Wisdom, regarded by his people as an emanation of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, he was sitting there, head in his hands, silently weeping."
and then asks the being whether they cry out of compassion
One day Chuang Tzu and a friend were walking by a river.
"Look at the fish swimming about," said Chuang Tzu, "They are really enjoying themselves."
"You are not a fish," replied the friend, "So you can't truly know that they are enjoying themselves."
"You are not me," said Chuang Tzu. "So how do you know that I do not know that the fish are enjoying themselves?"
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