Resistance springs from the centrality of compassion. This compassion is more than a feeling, or emotion. . . . it is rooted in the mothering, womb-like compassion of God. The Buddhists call it the "boundless compassion of the Bodhisattva." Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest in Burma because of her resistance to the oppressive regime, speaks of compassion as the very strength that keeps her going. In a recent lecture, where she compares Buddhist compassion with Christian caritas, she speaks of it as "the quivering of the heart in response to others' suffering, the wish to remove painful circumstances from the lives of other beings."

Mary C. Grey, The Outrageous Pursuit of Hope