[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Idiot Compassion
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Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week
January 16, 2006
Student: Could you briefly describe idiot compassion?
Chogyam Trungpa: Idiot compassion is the highly conceptualized idea that
you want to do good....Of course, [according to the mahayana teachings of
Buddhism] you should do everything for everybody; there is no selection
involved at all. But that doesn't mean to say that you have to be gentle
all the time. Your gentleness should have heart, strength. In order that
your compassion doesn't become idiot compassion, you have to use your
intelligence. Otherwise, there could be self-indulgence of thinking that
you are creating a compassionate situation when in fact you are feeding the
other person's aggression. If you go to a shop and the shopkeeper cheats
you and you go back and let him cheat you again, that doesn't seem to be a
very healthy thing to do for others.
From GLIMPSES OF MAHAYANA in THE COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA,
Volume Two: pages 407-408, 410.
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