Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
A QUESTION ABOUT COMPASSION
ChonTri: Is compassion the same or different from emotion?
What would you do to make compassion practical to people around you?
*The Random House Dictionary (concise edition) gives some definitions as follows:
Emotion: 1) feeling or reaction stirred up. 2) an instance of this, as love, hate, sorrow, or fear.
Compassion: a feeling of deep sympathy for another's suffering or misfortune.
lehish: walking, sandle keeping feet from being cut when sharp rocks, not possible right or wrong if a stone flips on the sandle and foot is cut
chontri: If so, when walking one even wears sandal, he should be cautious if he doesn't want to be cut or stumble down. "Caution" just means "be alert", "be attentive", "be aware". However, how long or how good he can be alert or attentive or aware, no one can tell.
circles: caution defined as "to take heed" pre-empting.. even attempting to increase alertness to specific event not spontaneous. If alert, attentive and awear, caution not required.
agree caution can not spontaneous.
chontri: In the post replied to Mr. Rustic's, only the word "caution" mentioned as a caution. That's all. It's equivalent to "be alert", "be attentive", "be aware".
Ms. Lehish introduced the idea "spontaneity" (spontaneous) and you addded some comments. If the idea "spontaneity" is important you and Ms. Lehish, then you both can talk about it together.
ChonTri is little different from you both in this matter. When he cautions he cautions; when he is spontaneous, he is spontaneous. However, he's usually relaxed and fresh.
lehish: spontaneous wasn't intorduced as an idea but responding "safer" which you posted as though there is a safer
chontri: Yes, it is an idea which means an image of reality. You cannot bring the real thing in here in this forum. All we can put on here are words that mean ideas or thoughts, not reality itslef.
lehish: spontaneous was word used, not which you said...there wasn't trying to bring a real thing in this forum, so don't know what you're talking about...words can be used without thinking-idea, wihtout thinking words are reality
chontri: If so, when someone says the word "fire", then the word "fire" itself burning, not real fire burning? If this is correct, the mouth of the person who said the word "fire" should be burned to ash. Or when you put the word "spontaneous" on this forum, then the word "spontaneous" itself "sponteneous", not your action to save your brother was spontaneous?
lehish: can you less words ?
chontri: What ChonTri'd like to say, he's already done and he'd like to stop this conversation with you right here.
lehish: excellent :D
chontri: You deserve three blows of stick.
Hahaha! Hahaha! Hahaha!
lehish: hehehe! hehee! hehehe!
chontri: Today ChonTri found someone who laughed hehehe! hehehe! hehehe! when got hit.
It's weird, isn't it.
lehish: lehish didn't find hit
chontri: Sorry to hear that. Don't be disappointed. lehish: hehehe
Rustic: A quest shone about compassion: Three wise monkeys hear all, see all and speak out against injustice if they want to live in peace.
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