The path of understanding and liberation taught by not only the Buddha, but by all the great teachers, is not concerned with personal improvement or gain but with teaching us how to care. We do not step foot on our path of inquiry and cultivation with a compassion that is immeasurable, but with the seeds of compassion in our hearts that ask to be cultivated, tended and brought to fruition.
Compassion is not a state or emotion but an understanding.
It is an understanding that is rooted in the classroom of our lives and hearts and in a genuine and honest investigation of our own relationship to pain and to suffering.
‘Boundless Heart’ by Christina Feldman