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What is required for Bodhichitta?

Question:What is required for Bodhichitta?Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:There are two kinds of Bodhichitta, i.e., relative Bodhichitta and absolute Bodhichitta.There are two requirements for the relative Bodhichitta. It is stated in the Ornament of Clear Realization that “the perfect enlightenment is sought with the aspiration to benefit others”. Two things are necessary for Bodhichitta. Firstly, we aspire to benefit all sentient beings out of great compassion. All the beings have been our kind mothers since the time that has no beginning. We generate the aspiration to repay the kindness of all the mother-like beings and benefit them because we cannot bear…

2017.12.11

Question:

What is required for Bodhichitta?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

There are two kinds of Bodhichitta, i.e., relative Bodhichitta and absolute Bodhichitta.

There are two requirements for the relative Bodhichitta. It is stated in the Ornament of Clear Realization that “the perfect enlightenment is sought with the aspiration to benefit others”. Two things are necessary for Bodhichitta. Firstly, we aspire to benefit all sentient beings out of great compassion. All the beings have been our kind mothers since the time that has no beginning. We generate the aspiration to repay the kindness of all the mother-like beings and benefit them because we cannot bear seeing them suffer in samsara. Secondly, we seek the perfect enlightenment in order to have sufficient wisdom and power to benefit the sentient beings. Only when we ourselves attain Buddhahood, can we benefit the beings ultimately to lead them to the state of enlightenment that is happy and free from worries. It is for this reason that we aspire to attain perfect Buddhahood.  

The intention to attain unsurpassed enlightenment to ultimately benefit all sentient beings is known as the Bodhichitta of Aspiration. If one not only has such an aspiration, but also puts it into diligent practice by truly cultivating the Six Perfections and myriad practices such as generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, wisdom and to hear, think and practice the Dharma ardently, this is what we call the Bodhichitta of Engagement. In this way, one can be considered as having the relative Bodhichitta.  

 

What is required for Bodhichitta?

What is required for Bodhichitta?

2017-12-10

Question:

What is required for Bodhichitta?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

There are two kinds of Bodhichitta, i.e., relative Bodhichitta and absolute Bodhichitta.

There are two requirements for the relative Bodhichitta. It is stated in the Ornament of Clear Realization that “the perfect enlightenment is sought with the aspiration to benefit others”. Two things are necessary for Bodhichitta. Firstly, we aspire to benefit all sentient beings out of great compassion. All the beings have been our kind mothers since the time that has no beginning. We generate the aspiration to repay the kindness of all the mother-like beings and benefit them because we cannot bear seeing them suffer in samsara. Secondly, we seek the perfect enlightenment in order to have sufficient wisdom and power to benefit the sentient beings. Only when we ourselves attain Buddhahood, can we benefit the beings ultimately to lead them to the state of enlightenment that is happy and free from worries. It is for this reason that we aspire to attain perfect Buddhahood.  

The intention to attain unsurpassed enlightenment to ultimately benefit all sentient beings is known as the Bodhichitta of Aspiration. If one not only has such an aspiration, but also puts it into diligent practice by truly cultivating the Six Perfections and myriad practices such as generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, wisdom and to hear, think and practice the Dharma ardently, this is what we call the Bodhichitta of Engagement. In this way, one can be considered as having the relative Bodhichitta.