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Quan Yin

Quan Yin is the Buddhist goddess of compassion and mercy.

Perhaps her female energy is what’s needed in this day and age of testosterone run a muck.   Compassion is the human emotion of empathy and sympathy for the suffering of others.  The English noun compassion means “to suffer together with.”  There’s sure a lot of suffering going on in this world.  If we suffer together with those who are hurting, we can feel their pain as our own and act accordingly.

Pity, the ‘near enemy’ of compassion [masquerading as compassion; close but no cigar] allows us to marginalize those suffering, projecting the cause of their suffering as being something they purposely brought upon them selves, and  therefore deserving of its full consequences. The practice of acting with compassion brings out our shared humanness, and brings with it happiness.


Comments on: "Quan Yin" (13)

  1. Somewhere I read something like this:
    “I hurt people without remorse, because they deserve it for piling up bad Karma in their former life.”

  2. This is so true and important. Compassion can never turn to contempt but there often seems to be a fine line between pity and contempt. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Thank you Thomas and Knut for your comments. This isn’t the usual “Hansi” type of post you’ll see at Hallucinations. But sometimes I feel like yelling STOP!!! As America is rapidly becoming a nation of Haves and Have Nots. I’m getting sick and tired of the polarization taking place in this country: Left vs. Right; Republican vs. Democrat; Believer vs Non-believer. We’re all in this together and gotta do what’s in the best interests of all instead of just ourselves.

      • I was going to suggest that this post be required reading for member of US Congress.

      • Nice thought, but now I think you’re hallucinating. All this partisanship is sad and easy to see through. Special interests rule this country, and we the people are paying for it.

  3. That was quite lovely, sir.

    • Thanks Duchess. Sometimes ya just gotta call “time out” from all the madness going on in the world and think a little bit deeper about what is truly important.

  4. Do we really want to suffer with others? I want the suffering to know I will be there to offer help and support and that I care. That I will not abandon them. I don’t think not wanting to suffer with is a sign of betrayal or disloyalty. We may be the source of our own suffering. Then there is the matter of unmerited suffering. Much suffering is foisted upon us from outside sources. I don’t believe in a punitive God .

    • You have a pretty good concept of compassion. We don’t have to experience others suffering exactly as they do. Being there, caring, a willingness to hep or support is what it’s all about. An old saying (maybe from AA) says “you don’t have to lay down in shit to know it stinks”. I’m with ya on unmerited suffering. All the more reason to practice compassion so you are not the cause of suffering for others. thanks for the comment.

  5. Snoring Dog Studio said:

    Yes. Let’s call a time out – but I fear many of us would have to re-learn what compassion means.

  6. Wherever did you find such a lovely sketch of Quan Yin?

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