Originally Posted by sky
In Buddhism, compassion is the wish for others to be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
So The Buddha was 'Compassionate '.
He left ( but did not abandon them ) to persue His search for 'All' Sentient Beings to be free from suffering, not just His own Family.....
" If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater. "
Is viewing others as alien from ourselves not the root of ignorance ?
Is compassion not realizing that there is No others, and that this believe in separation is what we may call the ego trick then Avidya-ignorance ?
Is compassion a wish ??
Or is it more a spontaneous identification with the entire Universe and creatures, a state of consciousness, rooted in the recognition of our true nature, then as we take care naturally to our body-universe, taking care to others ?
Is not suffering caused by willing, wanting, seeking, what some call processes of mind, then wishing to stop suffering a seed of suffering also ?
We may imagine whatever we want ; the fact is that the story of the Buddha told us his own child was without a father during years if not a decade.
And that his wife was kept alone to educate his child.
We’ll have difficulties to consider a child without a father during those important years of teenager being an act of compassion.
The fact are that his own wife and child suffered from this ‘leaving’, with the cowardice of an abandonment without goodbye.
" If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater. The Buddha
We are not talking about happiness, but about Duty, here the mere compassion to our loved ones - even not being attached - before thinking of all of humanity :
A father has to take care of his own child and wife.
That the Alpha and Omega of practicing compassion.
Stories about a search for an end to the suffering of all beings are only interpretations.
Did his wife and son suffer from this abandonment ?
You will have a hard time convincing me otherwise.