two types of love and compassion

There are two types of love and compassion. One type is conditioned — “beautiful face, beautiful body, beautiful sound” — that kind of love is greatly conditioned. As soon as these conditions disap­pear, then no more love! So, a few days of great happiness — kissing and cuddling — just a few days — then, no more! It is over because of too much conditioning, which is a result of ignorance. That is not sound love or compassion.

The other type of love and compassion arises when one realizes that others are human beings, sentient beings “just like me”, who do not want suffering, who want happiness. And, on that basis, some kind of love, respect and deep understanding comes into being.

iron helmet

The awakening mind is generated
in dependence on sentient beings.

But like the saying,
“whatever you do when wearing an iron helmet is unpleasant”

to entertain such thoughts,
that wherever you are you feel vexed
when encountering other beings who displease you,

is like being unhappy with the causes of enlightenment.

Tibetan Buddhism