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Bodhichitta

Postby Luke » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:54 pm

Hello fellow Vajrayana practioners and those interested in Vajrayana!

The beginning of a forum is a delicate time and I think we should begin the forum the way all meditations begin by taking refuge in the Lama, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, and reflecting on Bodhichitta, the desire to free all sentient beings from suffering.

Here's an excellent introduction about taking refuge and Bodhichitta by Patrul Rinpoche:
http://www.lotsawahouse.org/patrul/esse ... hitta.html

All authentic Vajrayana traditions emphasize Bodhichitta.

Sometimes people seem to lose sight of Bodhichitta in the midst of heated intellectual discussions on forums. I hope that showing compassion and kindness towards each other and all sentient beings will become the hallmark of this forum.

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Luke » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:03 pm

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the best living examples of Bodhichitta. Despite all the suffering he and his people have endured, he keeps on sending out kindness and positive energy to the world.

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:16 am

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A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Luke » Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:52 pm

Fascinating, Will. I'd never seen that before. You've reminded us how nothing exists independently.

Fifth, one may observe the conduct of a bodhisattva
And, in emulating him, one may generate the resolve.


I think this is my favorite way to develop Bodhichitta. I love being in the presence of great lamas and observing them closely because I desire to be like them.

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Drolma » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:06 pm

Thank you Luke and Will, :good: (s)

Buddhism over centuries has always flown on two "wings" - wisdom and compassion

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:59 pm

Vasubandhu's Treatise on the Bodhisattva Vow covers in more detail the root conditions, with chapters on the paramitas etc. Never before in English, I think, this is a wonderful textual guide! Same http://www.kalavinka.org site.
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Dazzle » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:10 am

The teaching on Aspirational Bodhicitta by His Holiness the Dalai Lama


http://www.bodhicitta.net/The%20Teachin ... icitta.htm

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Re: Bodhichitta

Postby Dazzle » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:27 pm

The Bodhisattva Vow

"The development of bodhicitta is essential. All the Buddhas and bodhisattvas attained realization through first developing bodhicitta within themselves. Because the realization of the bodhisattva level comes from developing bodhicitta, we need to follow the same system of developing bodhicitta within ourselves."

More information about the Bodhisattva vow here in an article by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Thrangu Rinpoche is tutor to HH 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje)

http://www.kagyu.org/kagyulineage/buddh ... /tra06.php

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