poetry

People often use their anger at social injustice as a basis for action, but that is unwise.

When you are angry you are not lucid,
and you can do many harmful things.

According to Buddhism, the only source of energy that can be useful is compassion, because it is safe.

When you have compassion, your energy is born from insight.
It is not blind energy.

With compassion, we practice in order to learn ways
to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals.

Just feeling compassion is not enough.
If we do not know how to help, we can do damage.

That is why love must go together with understanding.


Thich Nhat Hahn