Compassion, A Reminder
In our relationships with others, there is both benefit and harm. We could concentrate on the harm that has been done to us by other sentient beings, but there really is not much profit we can gain from that if we focus exclusively on the harmful relationships that we have...
But conversely, if we focus on the beneficial connections that exist between us and other sentient beings, then that is something that can bring a profit or benefit to us. It can help us increase our appreciation in our heart, increase our loving kindness and compassion.
~ His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa
"Compassion and the Nature of Mind" Teachings at Hunter College, NYC - June 29, 2011