Bodhicitta is focused on all beings without exception. This differs from ordinary compassion in that usually we feel compassion for those who are obviously suffering and wish that they be free from suffering, but we may not feel compassion for those that are doing well or who are apparently happy. However, the aspect of great compassion in bodhicitta is that one feels compassion not only for those who are presently suffering, but also for those who are enjoying happiness. One does this because of recognizing that the happiness that beings are now enjoying is impermanent, and then they, too, will suffer.
from the book Cultivating True Compassion
translated by David Karma Choephel
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