A bird needs two wings to fly.
Like the bird, we also benefit from using two wings…
the wings of “wisdom” and “compassion.”
One wing can be represented by “wisdom”: the perspectives and deep insights about the nature of life, the universe, people and their interactions.
The other wing can be represented by “compassion”: a sense of love, kindness, acceptance and the heartfelt wish for others to be free from unhappiness or suffering.
This idea of the importance of developing both “wisdom and compassion” is found in many philosophies and traditions.
Wisdom, without compassion, might be aloof or dispassionate.
Compassion, without wisdom, might be overwhelming.
Together they enhance and balance each other.
Wisdom and Compassion
Development of both of these wings is emphasized in the many traditions, but particularly in the practice of Buddhism.
may we all develop the ability
to fly on our own two wings
of wisdom and compassion