Lecture on Buddhist Compassion Held in Spain
On February 24, President Florencio Serrano of the Federation of Buddhist Communities of Spain gave a lecture on the theme of compassion and the meaning of happiness at the SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid. He explained that compassion is the underlying spirit of Buddhism and something that is sorely needed in modern-day society.
Giving the example of Shakyamuni as someone who could truly comprehend and empathize with people's sufferings, Mr. Serrano stressed that true happiness cannot be gained independent of others but exists, rather, in sharing well-being with others. He emphasized that Buddhism in particular teaches one how to live for the happiness of oneself and others.
[Adapted from an article in the March 25, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]