If a man has compassion, he is Buddha;
Without compassion, he is Lord of death.
With compassion, the root of dharma is planted;
Without compassion, the root of dharma is rotten.
One with compassion is kind even when angry;
One without compassion kills even as he smiles…
With compassion, one has all dharmas;
without compassion, one has no dharma at all…
Therefore, all of you, renunciants and householders,
Cultivate compassion and you will achieve Buddhahood.

   Shabkar, quoted by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Photo by Woodland Gnome, Oregon Coast