“Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he or she is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself, because compassion is environmental generosity, without direction, without ‘for me’ and without ‘for them.’ It is filled with joy, spontaneously existing joy, constant joy in the sense of trust, in the sense that joy contains tremendous wealth, richness.”

From “The Open Way,” in CUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM, page 99.

  — Chögyam Trungpa (1939 – 1987), Tibetan Buddhist teacher.