No.49 Wisdom and Compassion

In The Commentary on [Vasubandhu’s] Treatise on the Pure Land by T’an-Luan, the relationship between ‘Compassion’ and ‘Taking Refuge’ is described as follows, ‘When a bodhisattva comes to find a sentient being empty and false [in spirit], there arises very naturally a true compassion within the bodhisattva, and when the sentient being comes to know the Dharma-body of the bodhisattva, there arises very naturally the true mind of taking refuge [in the Dharma-body] within the sentient being.’

Chimyo Takehara