Wisdom and compassion or “method” are fundamental components of the Buddha Dharma. A sound, sober path will include both and balancing these two is always the biggest challenge. Without method, the path becomes abstract and theoretical. But methods, such as discipline, morality and ethics, without wisdom lead to righteousness and puritanical attitudes. The driving force to make us seek something spiritual is our fundamental wish not to suffer. Yet it is difficult to identify suffering and hard to accept that so-called happiness, success and good times will all result in suffering. One of the best ways to analyse suffering and the causes of suffering is to explore the techniques of wisdom and compassion. We need both: that is what the Buddha taught.
Onsite Translation: Chinese