The following is from the section on the good qualities of Buddha’s mind from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment . Tonight, I’ll allow these words to touch my heart and let the meaning sink in. I’ll rest in a space of wonderment and admiration for compassion and the Buddha’s perfect embodiment of it.
“(ii) The good qualities of caring
In the same way that living beings are bound inescapably by the afflictions, so is the Sage bound by great compassion, which thus arises continuously as he beholds the suffering of living beings. You should reflect on this as set forth in the Praise in One Hundred and Fifty Verses:
The afflictions bind all
These beings without exception.
You, in order to release them from the afflictoins,
Are eternally bound by compassion.
Should I first make obeisance to you,
Or to the great compassion that causes you
To dwell for so long in cyclic existence
Despite knowing its faults?
Also, the Chapter of the Truth Speaker says:
The Supreme Sage feels great compassion
When he sees beings whose minds
Are constantly obscured by the dark gloom of ignorance,
Locked in the prison of cyclic existence.
The Conqueror feels great compassion when he sees beings
Whose minds are overwhelmed by attachment,
Who have great craving and always long for sensory objects,
And who have fallen into the ocean of craving’s attachment.
The One Possessing the Ten Powers feels compassion
Which seeks to dispel all suffering
When he sees the afflictions of beings
Harmed by a multitude of illnesses and miseries.
The Sage’s compassion arises constantly;
It it impossible for it not to do so.
The Buddha is free of faults because he is concerned
With the needs of all living beings.”