佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - How, in Buddhism, do compassion and love differentiate?
How, in Buddhism, do compassion and love differentiate?

 

Compassion, in Buddhism, is used in place of love and kindness in

expression of caring and affection. For love is imbrued with

possessiveness, its flipside being hate and its motive clenching.

Compassion, with a high and lofty sense of caring and affection, is

steeped in giving, concern, commiseration, pity, tolerance, forgiveness,

sacrifice, and well-wishing—all of them wondrous, noble ingredients.

That explains why, in Buddhism, compassion is used in place of the

otherwise single-dimensional love. For great kindness regardless of

causal condition and great pity as regards all beings of same selfnature,

the kind one vows to impart peace and joy to all living beings

and the sympathetic one, to uproot suffering from all living beings.

That is why the term kindness and pity or compassion is applied

throughout the Buddhist literature. Not love, though.