Felix wrote:I at no point said that ChNN downplays or negates Bodhicitta.What I said was that he has said (in my hearing) that he cautioned us against striving to feel empathy or striving to feel compassion because it is counter productive. I am paraphrasing his words.
As he says one way we generate Bodhicitta is by acts of compassion. This is not dependant on our subjective mindset.
You misunderstood obviously, it is a good idea to read Rinpoches book. Developing the bodhicitta of intention and application is an integral part of the path as Rinpoche teach it.
What Rinpoche has said consistently since I started following him is that contrived bodhicitta is well, contrived. Bodhicitta that arises from seeing that the reason sentient beings suffer from not having recognized their own state on the basis of having recognized one's own is much better. The former can become maudlin sentimentality. The latter is genuine.
The reason he has standard teachings on bodhicitta in the Precious Vase and so on is that one needs to understand the differences between various kinds of bodhicitta if one is going to be a teacher. Remember, the Precious Vase is in fact a teachers manual. I am quite certain of this since the first retreat I ever attended was the first US SMS Base level retreat in 1992. He addressed this question at length, responding to criticisms that he never taught bodhicitta.