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The Bodhicitta Thread

Post by Josef » Tue May 29, 2018 6:51 pm

Since this is a Mahayana forum and Bodhicitta is the essence of Mahayana Dharma I thought we could use a dedicated thread for all things Bodhicitta.

May the precious, supreme bodhicitta
be awakened in those for whom it has not yet arisen,
and in those for whom it has been awakened,
may it not decline, but ever increase!!!
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

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Re: The Bodhicitta Thread

Post by Virgo » Tue May 29, 2018 7:58 pm

Josef wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 6:51 pm
Since this is a Mahayana forum and Bodhicitta is the essence of Mahayana Dharma I thought we could use a dedicated thread for all things Bodhicitta.
This is a wonderful website:

http://bodhicitta.net/bodhicitta.net-teachings.htm
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Re: The Bodhicitta Thread

Post by Sādhaka » Tue May 29, 2018 9:33 pm

“Tsoknyi Rinpoche” wrote:Different Kinds of Compassion

“There are different kinds of compassion mentioned in Buddhism, but the true compassion manifests only after we realize the nature of emptiness, after realizing egolessness. After fixation on the concept of self dissolves, the expression of that realization manifests as compassion. One could say that the ‘atmosphere’ of realizing emptiness is compassionate. The true compassion is undirected, and holds no conceptual focus. That kind of genuine, true compassion is only possible after realizing emptiness.”

Carefree Dignity
“Longchen Rabjam” wrote:“Just as a bird can not fly without both wings,
The welfare of others cannot be accomplished without the higher faculties of perception,
So diligently strive for your own wellbeing, whilst mentally considering the welfare of others.” — The Practitioner of Meditation
“...we should try to acquire clairvoyance. Without it, we are like a baby bird whose wings are undeveloped and has not yet grown feathers and remains stuck in its nest, unable to fly. Without clairvoyance, we cannot work for other sentient beings.” — Khunu Lama
“Just as a bird can not fly without both wings,
The welfare of others cannot be accomplished without the higher faculties of perception,
So diligently strive for your own wellbeing, whilst mentally considering the welfare of others.” — Longchenpa

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Re: The Bodhicitta Thread

Post by Virgo » Tue May 29, 2018 10:03 pm

And of course there is also the Dzogchen specific view of Bodhicitta, or enlightened mind, which shows that we are never really separate from inborn bodhicitta.

Kevin... :namaste:

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Re: The Bodhicitta Thread

Post by dzogchungpa » Tue May 29, 2018 11:18 pm

Lama Yeshe's last public teaching: Bodhicitta: The Perfection of Dharma

Here's a quote:
You have heard of many deities that you can meditate on, many deities to be initiated into—Chenrezig and the rest. What are they all for? I'll tell you—for gaining bodhicitta. As a matter of fact, all tantric meditations are for the development of strong bodhicitta. That is the purpose of your consciousness manifesting as a being with one thousand arms so that vou can lend a hand to a thousand suffering beings. If you don't like to manifest yourself this way you can relate the meditation to your own culture and see yourself as Jesus. Avalokiteshvara and Jesus are the same: completely selfless and completely devoted to serving others.
There is not only nothingness because there is always, and always can manifest. - Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Re: The Bodhicitta Thread

Post by Josef » Tue May 29, 2018 11:39 pm

Virgo wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 7:58 pm
Josef wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 6:51 pm
Since this is a Mahayana forum and Bodhicitta is the essence of Mahayana Dharma I thought we could use a dedicated thread for all things Bodhicitta.
This is a wonderful website:

http://bodhicitta.net/bodhicitta.net-teachings.htm
འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔

Kevin...
Thanks Kevin!
Kye ma!
The river of continuity is marked by impermanence.
Ceaseless flowing of appearance.
Beautiful and repulsive.
The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
With gratitude the watcher and the watched pass through the barrier of duality.

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