KonchokZoepa wrote:Pero wrote:KonchokZoepa wrote:in example the refuge and bodhicitta prayer, the bodhicitta part can be understood as motivation for life or the meaning of life.
No, that is a motivation one can have in life but it is not some kind of grand meaning of life.
motivation for life to liberate all sentient beings, or the meaning of life is to liberate all sentient beings.
what is the difference between those two?
For there to be a meaning of life it would mean that all is happening according to some design (this found in other religions, God is the designer). But there is no grand design in Buddhism.
In other words, if liberating all sentient beings was the meaning of life it would mean life sprung up in order for liberating of sentient beings to occur.
Whereas having a motivation in one's own life to liberate all beings comes from oneself and is not an underlying cause of life in general.