It denotes the attitude that the benefit of other beings is more important to us than our own. Compassion is always paired with love. While compassion stands for the wish that other beings may be free from suffering and free from the cause of suffering, love stands for the wish that all beings may be happy.

There are several means to develop compassion (Enlightened Mind). In Mahayana and Diamond Way Buddhism the development of compassion is very important.

Wisdom and compassion are inseparable in Mahayana Buddhism. The development of wisdom leads us to the realization of emptiness. The 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje said: “The true nature of emptiness is compassion. Without experiencing the wealth of compassion it means nothing, when somebody claims to have recognized emptiness.”

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