Points of Controversy

18.3. Of the Buddha and Pity.

Controverted Point: That the Exalted Buddha felt no pity.

Theravādin: But this implies that neither did he feel love or sympathetic joy or equanimity. You deny. But could he have these and yet lack pity?

Your proposition implies also that he was ruthless. Yet you agree that the Exalted One was pitiful, kindly to the world, compassionate towards the world, and went about to do it good. No, did not the Exalted One win to the attainment of universal pity?

Uttarapāthakas: But if there was no passion (rāga) in the Exalted One, surely there was in him no compassion (karuṇā)?