Visuddhimagga IX-94

Dukkhāpanayanākārappavattilakkhaṇā karuṇā,


Ñ(IX,94): Compassion is characterized as promoting the aspect of allaying suffering.



Ñ: Its function resides in not bearing others' suffering.



Ñ: It is manifested as non-cruelty.

dukkhābhibhūtānaṃ anāthabhāvadassanapadaṭṭhānā.


Ñ: Its proximate cause is to see helplessness in those overwhelmed by suffering.

Vihiṃsūpasamo tassā sampatti, sokasambhavo vipatti.


Ñ: It succeeds when it makes cruelty subside and it fails when it produces sorrow.

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