Challenge23 wrote:TL;DR- Bodhicitta seems to lead to greater personal unhappiness as opposed to greater happiness. I am sure there is something I'm not getting. Please explain?
Paul wrote:There's a Tibetan saying - "a beginner training in bodhichitta will even give butter to a dog". You just use your common sense to get the most out of acts of generosity and insight to make sure you don't have a selfish ulterior motive.
Paul wrote:Look at Bill Gates and the way he's gone about giving money to help combat malaria. A very smart way to get the most out of the funding he has access to.
H.P. Blavatsky and Manly P. Hall 33° wrote: "Tibet knows all too well that in the wake of the white man there follows desolation and ruin:
"Hence the struggle to prevent its national treasures from being dissipated and its religion from being over-thrown by the vandalism of foreign nations."
"Among the commandments of Tsong-Kha-pa there is one that enjoins the Rahats (Arhats) to make an attempt to enlighten the world, including the "white barbarians," every century, at a certain specified period of the cycle. Up to the present day none of these attempts has been very successful. Failure has followed failure."
How can anyone love another unless they love first themselves? You have to take it easy. When you vow to remain as long as Samsara exists that's not a "just in case", that's how long it'll take. Don't be like Avalokitesvara whose head split open. Keep your position secure and help those who can be helped.Challenge23 wrote:First Post
Lhug-Pa wrote:If Bill Gates were truly concerned, I think that he would be doing a lot more with the money that he has.
Challenge23 wrote:... the ideal of ...
TL;DR- Bodhicitta seems to lead to greater personal unhappiness as opposed to greater happiness. I am sure there is something I'm not getting. Please explain?
"In Buddhism, bodhicitta is the intention to achieve omniscient Buddhahood (Trikaya) as fast as possible, so that one may benefit infinite sentient beings. One who has bodhicitta as the primary motivation for all of his or her activities is called a bodhisattva. Bodhicitta also means the aim to, on the one hand, bring happiness to all sentient beings, and on the other, to relieve them of suffering; this definition is consistent with the definition of seeking enlightenment, as enlightenment is the freedom from saṃsāra.
Of course, it could be argued that one of the goals of practice is to adopt the view that you as an individual does not matter as much as other people.
Challenge23 wrote: The idea of absolute selflnessness, giving everything for the service of others, and how having that level of kindness towards others directly leads to great happiness.
Huseng wrote:Paul wrote:There's a Tibetan saying - "a beginner training in bodhichitta will even give butter to a dog". You just use your common sense to get the most out of acts of generosity and insight to make sure you don't have a selfish ulterior motive.
Funny I did just this in Ladakh. I fed butter to stray dogs in the winter.
duckfiasco wrote:Bodhicitta is not the opposite of egotism. You don't throw yourself on the floor and invite everyone to walk on you
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