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- If compassion means to relieve suffering in a positive way, and detachment means to remain aloof from the world, how can the two be practiced together?
- Does detachment in Buddhism imply lack of concern for humanity?
- Is the concept of compassion in Buddhism too passive, connected only with the inward-looking eye of meditation, or can it create real change in society?
It calls not only for an understanding of how the concepts are used within the framework of the Pali language Buddhist texts, but also for an awareness of how the English terms used in translation function and whether or not they are adequate. Inevitably, a dialogue between two linguistic frameworks is necessary.
The formation of the Buddhist monastic community (Sangha) was grounded in the belief that going out "from home to homelessness" could facilitate meditation and aid intensive spiritual development.
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