A Wide World of Compassion


I contemplate a great deal how the Great Sages & Ancestors all say so many of the same things. Comparative philosophy leads to an open embrace of all peoples. Compassion is a wide road, even if not the easiest one for us to follow.

Source: google.com via Katharina on Pinterest

Thanks to the Commonzense of St. James for his recent meditation on WordPress that recalled to my mind this great teaching from Laozi’s Daodejing.

Poem 67

Some Say that my teaching is nonsense
Others call it lofty but impractical.

But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

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