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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

Literally, karuna means "to mourn", "to pity", "to lament" - but the Buddhist meaning is quite different. In Pali Canon karuna is one of the four brahmaviharas, practiced as an antidote against ...
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In the five paramitas, what is patience and why is it on the list?

Patience is a mind that abides in its natural state unaffected by harm and suffering. It strongly abides in the Dharma. The division is threefold: Patience bearing suffering Patience not paying heed ...
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Dasa Paramitha - Sources

You can find a study guide here by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: The Ten Perfections A Study Guide There seem to be four types of perfection, and not three. Passages in this guide are drawn from the Pali canon ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

Please don't make any confusion. Only Buddha-to-be, pacceka Buddha and chief disciples of Buddha need parami to fulfill. No such need to be a stream winner. Having no huge negative karma i.e., killing ...
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What are the Sutta stating Paramithä requirements to be a stream winner?

Could you please give me the names of some sutta which I can read further on this I think that SN 55.2 implies perfection of Sila. People say that Dana parami is an essential beginning, for example ...
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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

Whether we translate karuna as 'compassion' does not matter that much. Why? Because that compassion which is karuna is defined as "the wish for others to be free from suffering and the causes of ...
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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

This seems far removed from imaginatively feeling the pain of others. Compassion and empathy aren't quite the same thing. Here's a post by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard explaining more: Compassion ...
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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

That seems to be the usual translation. It's specifically associated with removing afflictions. The PTS dictionary pairs it with (i.e. as a complement of) metta, Karuṇā (f.) [cp. Vedic karuṇa nt. (...
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In the five paramitas, what is patience and why is it on the list?

To add few points to nemo's answer which is basically correct. As per Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Buddhist definition of patience (ksanti) is freedom from aversion (dosa). Such aversion often ...
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How things become easier when we do things continuously / repeatedly?

Maybe your looking at it the wrong way. I am not sure of an exact sutta or even any sutta that says this exactly but habits passed onto another life can be because of the karma accumulated. For ...
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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

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 ...
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What is Karuṇā? Is 'compassion' really a good translation?

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 ...
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