“Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.” ~The Dhammapada
Compassion is one of the fundamental qualities of a Buddhist practitioner. Without compassion toward other sentient beings, one becomes self-centered and easily irritated. From irritation comes annoyance, from annoyance comes resentment, from resentment comes anger and hatred, which in turn lead to conflict, fights and even wars.
When we are self-centered, the false ego is reinforced, and we are further away from enlightenment. When we are easily irritated, are bitter about our situation in life, or are often angry about many things, we are unpleasant to be with and will lose friends. Furthermore, this anger tortures no one more than ourselves.
Compassion and kindness are the medicines that overcome the poison of anger. Therefore, the development of compassion is an important task for all Buddhist practitioners. We now introduce an important meditation method for developing our compassion toward all people.