The Lord Of Compassion, Chenrezi, Is So Much More
Compassion: feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others; from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with’ (thereby having empathy)
From a Buddhist perspective, compassion is practical. The mantra of Chenrezi (also known as Avalokitesvara) is OM MANI PEME HUM. This represents the unity of wisdom and compassion, and is indeed the path to enlightenment. The sounds symbolise the six perfections of generosity, patience, conscience, discipline, concentration and transcendent wisdom. The first five apply to all paths of decency, but it is the sixth transcendent wisdom that changes everything as this is pure awareness, the heart of consciousness itself. We are the wisdom of compassion. We are walking, talking Dharma.
Compassion is our protection in these difficult and challenging times. We first apply the five perfections to our self to make sure that we are decent people; then, we can realise that which is aware of these relative perfections, which is our absolute nature of pure awareness. Alternatively, we can realise – or be instructed in – directly seeing the nature of mind – transcendent wisdom – and use the other five perfections to sustain this view.
It all comes down to empathy. Been there, done that, regret, want to move on. When we become decent people and know our true reality, we are then on our path to enlightenment. We just have to remember what we are about, without being distracted by elaborations.
Remembering the six perfections of compassion is our protection. All we can do is pass this on.
Compassion Diminishes Karma
How do we know when karma is losing its effect?
We become less judgemental, and gain more inspirational joy.
We react less, not taking sides.
Our pattern of behaviour changes because our view changes.
This doesn’t mean we don’t notice karmic effect,
but we are more generous, patient, moral, disciplined and concentrated,
and understand transcendent knowledge.
Our habitual reaction is karma.
All media relies on our reactions.
The more we react,
the more our karmic behaviour controls us.
If we know this,
we also know that others know this!
Compassionate activity releases us.
Wake up, and enlighten the darkness.