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Stephen G. Post, Lynn G. Underwood, Jeffrey P. Schloss, and William B. Hurlbut

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.001.0001

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Compassion out of Wisdom

Compassion out of Wisdom

Buddhist Perspectives from the Past toward the Human Future

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(p.362) 21 Compassion out of Wisdom
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Altruism and Altruistic Love
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Ruben L. F. Habito

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143584.003.0031

A collection of texts are said to contain early strata of transmitted teachings of Gautama the Buddha. The term brahma-vihā-ra refers to a tetrad of cardinal virtues. The term maître is placed in the context of this tetrad, each also referred to as “immeasurable” or boundless. In the Wisdom sūtras and in Mahāyāna Buddhism in general, the key term used to describe this reality of “things as they are” is śūnyatā or “emptiness.” The “realm of the unborn” is no other than the realm of Emptiness, the realization of which frees one from the cycle of birth and death, assuring entry into nirvāna. The Metta-Sutta, a representative of early Buddhist teaching, presents the summit of the Buddhist path as a place of peace, the locus wherein the seeker of wisdom and truth attains ultimate reality.

Keywords:   Buddha, Mahayana Buddhism, Metta-Sutta, nirvana, emptiness

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