Love

Love is the key to the thirty-six heavens, to Nirvana, and the White Jade Palace. Whoever denies love would never be able to escape reincarnation.

(God's Divine Message, 27 Oct 1927)

If you love Me, you shall love the Faith, and subsequently love human beings. If you revere Me, you shall revere the Faith and subsequently revere living beings.
(God's Divine Message, 1 Feb 1927)

Teachings of His Holiness Hộ Pháp (Head of the Legislative Body) on the topic of Love

  • The Divine Covenant (PDF)

  • The power of the Law of Love and the Dharma of Justice (PDF)

  • The Law of Love and the Right of Justice will lead Humanity to union (PDF)

  • Our duty to our Divine Mother (PDF)

  • His Holiness Jesus Christ's Day (Christmas) (PDF)

  • The true happiness of Humanity (PDF)

Love in Buddhism

"Bhikkhus, whatever kinds of worldly merit there are, all are not worth one sixteenth part of the heart-deliverance of loving-kindness; in shining and beaming and radiance the heart-deliverance of loving-kindness far excels them."
(Itivuttaka, Sutta 27)

"Just as a vigorous trumpeter could easily make himself heard in the four directions, so too when the heart-deliverance of loving-kindness is maintained in being in this way no action restricted by limited measurement is found there... This is a path to the retinue of the High Divinity."
(Majjhima Nikaya, Sutta 99)

Love in Christianity

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 
(Mark 12:29-31)

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
(John 4:9-12)

"Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7)

Love in Confucianism (Ren)

The Master said: “As for a neighborhood, it is its ren that makes it beautiful. If you choose to live in a place that lacks ren, how can you grow in wisdom?”
(The Analects of Confucius; Li Ren 4:1)

"If a noble man departs from his fundamental goodness, how can he be worthy of that name? A noble man never leaves his fundamental goodness for even the time of a single meal."
(The Analects of Confucius; Li Ren 4:5)

The Master said: “The people are more in awe of ren than water or fire. But I have seen people tread on water or fire and die. I have never seen someone walk the path of ren and die.”
(The Analects of Confucius; 15:35)

FURTHER REFERENCES

Buddhism

  • The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta) (Ref)

  • The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love (Ref)

  • Loving Life, Loving-Kindness by Ajahn Brahm (Ref)

Christianity

  • What is Love? (Ref)

  • The Excellence of Christian Love (Ref)

  • The Challenge of “Agape” Love (Ref)

Confucianism

  • The Meaning of Ren (Ref)

  • The Evolution of the concept Ren (Ref)

  • Confucian Ren and Christian Love (Ref)