Essay heading: "Compassion and the Individual" within Buddhism and Christianity

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August 8, 2008

 

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Of course, our self-centeredness, our distinctive attachment to the feeling of an independent, self-existent "I" works fundamentally to inhibit our compassion. Indeed, true compassion can be experienced only when this type of self-grasping is eliminated. But this does not mean that we cannot start and make progress now...
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But this does not mean that we cannot start and make progress now. (par. 34) Where does this leave the individual? In this ethical system, the individual disappears. The individual is no longer focusing on self and personal concerns; he has replaced independence with interdependence; that is, the individual is no longer an "island unto himself," but a compassionate link in the circle of life...
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