Buddhist Selfishness

Chenrezig, The Buddha of Compassion

Buddhism can look pretty selfish to anyone who does not understand it. Had the Buddha been able to awaken every person who lived during his lifetime, we have to assume he would have done so. He was a fount of lovingkindness and compassion. As the Buddha lay dying, Ananda, one of his chief disciples, said of him, “he who is so kind.”

But the reality is that every person has to decide for themselves if they want to awaken. The…