Two wings to fly

Black-necked Crane

“Understand that, just as a bird needs two wings to fly, you must develop wisdom and compassion simultaneously.  Wisdom is a correct understanding of reality and compassion is the desire for all beings to be liberated from the causes of suffering.”
Ricard, 2008 p87

Matthieu Ricard trained for years in Tibet, so I found this picture of a Tibetan crane as I tried to image what he may have seen in his mind while thinking these words. In East Asia, cranes are a symbol for longevity, peace, friendship, love, happiness.  What better symbol for the benefit of the coordinate use of the wings of wisdom (般若) and compassion (悲).

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