Illustration: Green Tara making a gesture of giving, holding a lotus. The historical Buddha is seated on the left at Visali with a begging bowl filled with honey given to him by the monkeys.
The welfare of others is much more relevant to the perfection of wisdom than self-examination. The perfection of wisdom cannot be apprehended through the senses. It cannot be revealed by the analysis of the components of the illusory self. This is why a bodhisattva teaches, helping others towards enlightenment. A bodhisattva’s compassion is practiced and developed primarily by giving. Giving the teachings, explaining the inconceivable, is of central importance.
The Perfection of Wisdom by R.C. Jamieson (p. 53)