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སྙིང་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོ། | Glossary of Terms

    སྙིང་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོ།

    snying rje chen po

    mahā­karuṇā

  • Term
Publications: 3
Translation by Gyurme Dorje
  • Great compassion
  • སྙིང་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • snying rje chen po
  • mahā­karuṇā

See UT22084-031-002-255.

Translation by Robert A. F. Thurman
  • Great compassion
  • སྙིང་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • snying rje chen po
  • mahākaruṇā

This refers to one of the two central qualities of buddhas or high bodhisattvas: their feeling born of the wish for all living beings to be free of suffering and to attain the supreme happiness. It is important to note that this great compassion has nothing to do with any sentimental emotion such as that stimulated by such a reflection as “Oh, the poor creatures! How they are suffering!” On the contrary, great compassion is accompanied by the clear awareness that ultimately there are no such things as living beings, suffering, etc., in reality. Thus it is a sensitivity that does not entertain any dualistic notion of subject and object; indeed, such an unlimited sensitivity might best be termed “empathy.”

Translation by Jampa Tenzin · Ngawang Tenzin · Christian Bernert · Julia C. Stenzel
  • Great compassion
  • སྙིང་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོ།
  • snying rje chen po
  • mahākaruṇā

A specific state of mind resulting from the four abodes of Brahma and defined as the wish to liberate all beings from suffering.