“We are responsible….for all that lives.” // Stephen Batchelor

By | 7th July 2017

“We are responsible not merely for ourselves but for all that lives, for everything that is capable of calling out to us. The path of compassion means to silence the roar of our own internal chatter as to be attentive to the gestures, hints, declarations, and appeals of others. The response that comes from such attentiveness does not proceed from a sense of what “should” or “ought” to be done, nor does it act with any thoughts of reward. “Although you act in this way for others,” remarks Shantideva, “there is no sense of conceit or amazement. It is just like feeding yourself; you hope for nothing in return.””

Stephen Batchelor (“The Faith to Doubt: Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty”)

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