The Great Compassion and Fraternity in Mahayana Buddhist Traditions
Buddhism appeared in India 2,600 years ago as a “moral revolution.” It inverted the accepted values and transferred the center of interest from the world without to the world within. To the Buddha himself, creed and ritual and caste were among the things that did not really matter. Buddha’s great discovery was that of the human person—the person behind the differences of creed and circumstance, of social and political status. The cultivation of Great Compassion, as one example, had the same moral task, which he had to fulfill without help from others.