Flying on the wings of wisdom and compassion

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.

And so….

may we all develop the ability

to fly on our own two wings

of wisdom and compassion


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10 Responses to Flying on the wings of wisdom and compassion

  1. tari brand says:

    lovely. wisdom and compassion toward one another and the planet. well done


  2. tuesday2 says:

    I will add this lesson to our Kindergarten curriculum!


  3. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful post! So true.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Kathy, I haven’t seen this one in a while. Very nice and a good reminder!


  5. sufilight says:

    This is lovely… I will be coming back again and again to read your Pocket Perspectives.


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