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kṛpā (T. brtse ba བརྩེ་བ་) is translated as "loving-kindness," "love," "tenderness," "mercy," etc.

StudyBuddhism provides the following definition:

The mental factor with which one not only wishes others to be happy and to have the causes for happiness, but with which one also acts toward others in a helpful manner.[1]

Dzigar Kongtrul describes the Tibetan term, tsewa, as: "a warm connection to others; a simple, nonconceptual care for their well-being; a feeling that their joy is our joy and that their suffering is our suffering."[2] He states:

The tender, open heart of tsewa is an infinitely malleable resource. It expresses itself as kindness, compassion, vicarious joy, generosity, tolerance, mental clarity, courage, resilience, unshakeable cheerfulness, and in many other internal ways. It also manifests outwardly in our positive actions. Everything we do for the benefit of others, or for the sake of opening our own hearts, comes from this fundamental quality of tsewa. In this way, tsewa is really the source of all goodness in the world.[2]

See also



  • Dzigar Kongtrul (2018), Training in Tenderness, Shambhala 

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