The highest goal of Buddhism is compassion. The highest goal of Christianity is charity. Both of these are forms of love. But of these, charity is greater.
‘Who can be sure of having ever experienced a true charitable impulse? Who can doubt ever having felt compassion? One must begin with what is easiest, and unfortunately our talent for sadness is much greater than our talent for joy. And so we all need courage. And compassion, for others and for ourselves.
‘Or to put it another way: Christ’s message, which is love, is the more exhilarating, but Buddha’s lesson, which is compassion, is more realistic.
‘Therefore, “love and do what you wish” – or be compassionate and do what you must.’