Nonconceptual, Genuine Compassion

“There is a clarity of mind, a natural awake quality, from which compassion can arise. It does not center on someone in particular whom we feel sorry for. During this moment there is not a conceptualizing of ‘another being,’ but still in this tenderness there is some way of directing one’s attention to other beings who have not yet recognized the nature of mind. And there is a feeling of sorrow for sentient beings who don’t know that their nature is self-existing wakefulness and therefore are deluded in samsara. This way of reaching out is not really formulated, but we can call it nonconceptual compassion, genuine compassion.”

Carefree Dignity, p. 157