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Compassion out of Wisdom

Ruben L. F. Habito

in Altruism and Altruistic Love

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195143584
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.003.0031
Compassion out of Wisdom

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A collection of texts are said to contain early strata of transmitted teachings of Gautama the Buddha. The term brahma-vihā-ra refers to a tetrad of cardinal virtues. The term maître is placed in the context of this tetrad, each also referred to as “immeasurable” or boundless. In the Wisdom sūtras and in Mahāyāna Buddhism in general, the key term used to describe this reality of “things as they are” is śūnyatā or “emptiness.” The “realm of the unborn” is no other than the realm of Emptiness, the realization of which frees one from the cycle of birth and death, assuring entry into nirvāna. The Metta-Sutta, a representative of early Buddhist teaching, presents the summit of the Buddhist path as a place of peace, the locus wherein the seeker of wisdom and truth attains ultimate reality.

Keywords: Buddha; Mahayana Buddhism; Metta-Sutta; nirvana; emptiness

Chapter.  6831 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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