Oregon2010 167The attitude of the bodhisattva is not being concerned just for oneself but feeling the same concern for everyone.

The reason a bodhisattva has unbiased love and compassion is that when we identify with a certain group and concentrate on its benefit, there is the danger we might harm others outside the group.

Therefore the Mahayana path cultivates a completely unbiased love and compassion, caring equally for every being, including nonhuman beings such as animals.

This is because we realize that since beginningless time, each and every being has had the same basic wish to find happiness and to be free from suffering.

In that respect, all beings are the same, and therefore we try to help them equally.

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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