Tsongkhapafan wrote:futerko wrote:
Maybe I've misunderstood, but you seem to be saying here that negating self-cherishing is somehow superior to generating bodhicitta.
You also seem to be saying that bodhicitta is somehow not adequate to practising the paramitas. This doesn't make sense to me.
It is impossible to generate bodhichitta without subduing self-cherishing because selfishness is the main obstacle to developing that mind. Subduing self-cherishing is not superior to generating bodhichitta but, along with improving love and compassion, it is the practical method for generating it.
Generating bodhichitta alone is not enough to attain enlightenment - we must also practise the six perfections. Bodhichitta enables us to enter the path to enlightenment but the actual path is the practice of the six perfections. The actual sequence is to generate aspiring bodhichitta, to take the bodhisattva vow which transforms our aspiring bodhichitta into engaging bodhichitta, and then to practise the six perfections as the actual path to enlightenment.
Maybe the question I should be asking is, what better method is there for subduing self-cherishing, improving love and compassion, and practicing the paramitas, than generating and applying bodhicitta?