Compassion in the Lotus Sutra and Benevolent Love in the Analects
A Reflection from the Confucian Perspective
Keywords:Compassion, Benevolent love, Confucianism, Buddhism
This article is intended to examine and then compare ci bei (‘compassion’) in the Lotus Sutra and ren (‘benevolent love’) in the Analects of Confucius. Despite many similarities, compassion and benevolent love have shown a difference between Mahayana Buddhist ethics and the Confucian moral system. This difference is revealed in the content and meaning of compassion and benevolent love, but more importantly through the ways they are practised, followed and expanded. Through different ways or paths, compassion and benevolent love have nevertheless established two different and yet mutually supplementary ideals that guide the spiritual and moral world of China and other parts of East Asia.
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