Posted by Sergio (126.96.36.199) on November 08, 2000 at 05:24:56:
In Reply to: The Bodhisattva path posted by Zolla on November 07, 2000 at 15:16:03:
Very dear Zolla:
I must disagree with you. I think as you think that an arhant and a Boddhisatva are very developed beings. I also think that there is none superior to other. But in terms of being closer to Buddhahood, a Boddhisatva is much closer, and in that sense he is superior. The reason is simple: the boddhisatva has cultivated boddhichita (altruistic mind), while an Arahant hasnít. Both are liberated from afflicted emotions, but due to a bddhisatva has Boddhicita, he can reach Dharmakaya Body quickly, while an Arahant canít. The cause of getting the Dharmakaya body of a Buddha is Boddhicitta. Without Boddhicitta none can get Buddhahood because none can obtain the Dharmakaya body. And without Dharmakaya body, you canít get Sambogakaya and Nirmanakaya bodies. An Arahant just has destroyed afflicted emotions (attachment and aversion), while a Boddhisatva also cultivates Boddhichita. This is a radical difference, and he has also destroyed afflicted emotions.
In fact, it is said that when a person gets Arahantís state, Buddhas interrupt their meditations and they appear to them and they teach them the Boddhisatva path. Then they cultivate the altruistic mind for a long long time and then they get the Buddha state. In terms of a Buddha, an arahant is not enlightened, he is just resting, while a Boddhisatva is still in the path to Buddhahood.
The mahayana family is superior to the hinayana family due to the cultivation of the altruistic mind, which allows practitioners to get enlightenment really faster than those in the hinayana family. A boddhisatva is an example for any Arahant, and any of them is an example for us. Be an Arahant is an incredible success, but is much better to be a Boddhisatva.
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