Two wings to fly
“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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