Wisdom and Compassion
by Ven. Thubten Chodron©
Buddhist Fellowship, Singapore .
16 March 2008
Part 1 [29 min] : Download mp3 file
A little about caring for sentient beings through being eco-friendly. ~ The kindness of others - our parents, teachers, friends, and even strangers and people who have harmed us.
Part 2 [31 min] : Download mp3 file
Our ability to attain realizations depends on the kindness of others. ~ Seeing sentient beings as kind and hence lovable, is the forerunner to developing compassion. ~ Compassion is not condescension. ~ How our self-centeredness deceives us and creates problems for us by making us super-sensitive and prickly. ~ Compassion has to be practised with wisdom, otherwise it becomes ‘mickey-mouse’ compassion. ~ Practising compassion with the wisdom that understands the emptiness of inherent existence. ~ Accumulating the two collections of merit and wisdom that lead to the two bodies of a Buddha.
Question & Answer [23 min] :Download mp3 file
- I accidentally killed a baby lizard that was in the incense holder on my altar. I feel very remorseful about that. What should I do?
- We are here in this life to learn our lessons as a result of our past actions. Are we interfering in somebody’s karma and denying them the opportunity to grow if we render them help when they’re in difficulty?
- What do we do with disease-bearing animals or insects in our house if we are trying to keep the precept of not killing?
- Regarding the example you mentioned about somebody greeting us with ‘Good Morning’, how then do we know that it’s a sincere greeting?
- It is said that a monk can liberate ants, cockcroaches, etc with their wisdom and compassion. What do you think about this?