Buddhaghosa says in the Visuddhimagga: "When there is suffering in others it causes (karoti) good people's hearts to be moved (kampana), thus it is compassion (karuna). Or alternatively, it combats (kinati) others' suffering, attacks and demolishes it, thus it is compassion. Or alternatively, it is scattered (kiriyati) upon those who suffer, it is ...
Well it is most certainly based on these passages;
Take another mendicant who says: ‘I’ve developed the heart’s release
by compassion. I’ve cultivated it, made it my vehicle and my basis,
kept it up, consolidated it, and properly implemented it. Yet somehow
the thought of harming still occupies my mind.’ They should be told,
‘Not so, venerable! … For it is ...
I found a sutta where the Buddha had asked one of his disciples for a teaching
Then Ven. Sariputta addressed the monks: "Friend monks."
"Yes, friend," the monks responded to him.
Ven. Sariputta said: "All those who ask questions of another do so
from any one of five motivations. Which five?
"One asks a question ...
Personally, I tend to think 'solicitude' or 'tender-heartedness' are more adequate translations than 'compassion' (though I don't think it's a huge issue). The term 'compassion' always feels a bit distanced to me, as though we are sitting on our cushions fully understanding that others are in a misery of ignorance, but holding it as an abstraction, not ...