Love And Imperfection In Buddhism And Christianity

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Introduction
Every human being opens his or her eyes to the face of his or her mother. The infant then enters the process of “care-taking”, where the mother feeds him, puts his needs ahead of hers and makes him subject to her affection for the rest of her live. Therefore, since the beginning of his life, the child is exposed to a state of love and compassion from his care-takers. Love and compassion can be seen as complements, in both Buddhism and Christianity. One leads and completes the others existence. Although, the end goal in both religions regarding these two nations is the same; to foster tranquility and contentment, their means to reach the destination are different. That is the reason why, even though the perceptions of these two
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The imperfection is what gives room to a need for perfection in the first place and, conversely, the perfection is what stems back from the imperfections.
In Buddhism, the closest word used to describe love is “Metta”, which means loving-kindness. This is described as a desire to eliminate selfishness for the welfare of someone else. The famous Metta-Sutta gives a description that allows us to understand the concept of love in Buddhism.
Whatever living beings there be… May all beings be happy. Let none deceive another, Nor despise any person whatsoever in any place. Let him not wish nay harm to another. Out of anger or ill will… Let his thoughts of boundless love, Pervade the whole world.
It is followed that if a person has an intention to help and desire to extend his or her services for the benefit of others, then correct course of action will follow automatically. However, in order to extend these feelings of love and kindness to others, one first has to start from the within. This means that according to Buddhist doctrines, only by suffusing our own body with affection will we be able to increase this tenderness to someone; charity begins at home. This is because

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