Compassion and Detachment

 Adam (@uuxyz)7 years, 11 months ago

It seems to me like they don’t fit together, but Buddhists claim these are the most important virtues to be cultivated! Has something been lost in translation? I can see how detachment from material objects (money, objects) can remove suffering to an extent, but does it imply detachment from emotion? How can you be compassionate, without them!?

July 4, 2013 at 2:58 am
ishetat (5) (@ishetat) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

I have never looked into the Buddhist teachings so this is really just a guess.

Compassion for all, and detachment from all.

Think about it, most of the shit that has ever gone down has been from some form of attachment, attachment to the value of money, the value of land, or wealth in general. Even on another level, if you over value one person you would put their needs and likely wants above the needs of others. So taking a more holistically objective view of the world as opposed to seeing it through the eyes of any one individual.

Scratching (0) (@scratchingmastermind) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@uuxyz I don’t know. I would say I’m a pretty detached person, but I am extremely compassionate. Wow, that sounds crazy, doesn’t it? It depends on what you think of detachment and compassion as.

Detached from society, mind or body. I’d say looking at the world as a whole–a tiny blue dot has made me more compassionate.

Yeah, that doesn’t make sense. Ok.

Adam (1) (@uuxyz) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

No, it does… it sorts of distances you, bringing you out of the control of your emotions, letting you think more clearly. Seeing the big picture, you can see how everything suffers, and to try and lessen the suffering through compassion, well, its just good, you know? Detachment helps you, Compassion is for others :D ! Sawted! haha thanks!

inna (95) (@paintedbeings) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

I’ve spent months on discussing this with my ex who showed signs of narcissism and claimed to know spiritual teachings better than me, trying to brainwash me that I misunderstand love and am crazy. I’ll come back to this thread, but it is a very interesting post, thanks for posting.

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