“When asked “Why end suffering?” the obvious answer is that one wishes to end suffering because it is the natural innermost urge of one’s being to be free from affliction. However, in aspiring to the extinction of suffering, we should think not only of our own affliction, but also of the pain and sorrow we inflict upon others whilst we have not attained the perfect harmlessness of a passion-free heart and the clear vision of a liberated mind. If we regularly recollect the fact that, on our way through saṃsāric existence, we inevitably add to the suffering of others too, we shall feel an increased urgency in our resolve to start earnestly upon the path leading to our own liberation…Love and compassion towards those who might become the victims of our own imperfections will urge us to fulfill our duty towards them in the only way possible: by fulfilling our duty towards ourselves.
The thoughts outlined above are tersely expressed in a saying of the Buddha that is much too little known:
By protecting oneself, one protects others;
By protecting others, one protects oneself. (SN 47:19)”
- The City of The Mind and other writings by Ven.Nyanaponika Thera, The Wheel Publication No.205, Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka
(Country: Sri Lanka)
“To those who have made the resolve”