vajrahorizon wrote:Do Bodhisattvas have suffering? MY main practice background is Theravada though I'm moving into Mahayana and hopefully Vajrayana one day.
yes. and on top of that, they vow to take on the suffering of all beings. but what i've learned from teachers is that they experience it differently than ordinary folks. there are 10 levels, bhumis, of attainment on the Bodhisattvas path. after reaching, or the realization of a certain level, they are no longer bound by the suffering. they still experience, because they are manifesting, like us, due to their wish to continue on until all beings have been liberated. their realization of emptiness is the main component in how they deal with suffering.
in actuality, there is nothing to become. we take the Bodhisattva vow, not to become or go anywhere. this point is very important. on a relative level it is perhaps a good starting point to think in this way. but in the absolute, there is no where to go. and no one going.
if you have been practicing in the Theravada tradition and now feel that you would like to work in the Bodhisattvayana, perhaps your motivation is changing. if you take the vow, with sincerity, then one could say you are now Bodhisattva. baby Bodhisattva, as a teacher would say. because their is lots of work to do before one can realize state of Bodhisattva. we start with aspiration and move forward from this motivation.
if you decide to take Bodhisattva vow, find an authentic teacher. there are also many ways one can break the vow, and this would be harmful without guidance from a spiritual friend.
main thing, don't ever give up on beings..as much a pain in the ass we can be, sometimes..