Posted by vingab (18.104.22.168) on June 12, 2001 at 03:26:18:
In Reply to: Re: Bodhicitta posted by Nay Yaw on April 19, 2001 at 02:11:21:
Bodhicitta is the essence of all Buddhist practices. According to my teacher, there are two levels of Bodhicitta, relative and ultimate. At the relative level, it is the development of compassion towards all sentient beings. The practice here is holding the thought that all sentient beings, because of contineous rebirth, have been our mother at one point in time or another. We cannot bear to see our mothers suffer through this cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death. Therefore we resolve to help our mothers to escape from this vicious cycle. So Bodhicitta is the key to pure motivation. When this pure motivation is born, we are in the relative Bodhicitta mode. From this we can choose many mode of practice. Some would want to devote their lives in helping others through community services etc, others would take on the path of the Dharma and practice to achieve enlightenment with the intention to benefit all others. IT would be through these practices that one would gain a glimpse of their own buddha nature. At that moment, the experience of true compassion would arrive within us. Not through philosophic understand of sutras or discourses from previous masters but actually a birth within us the all encompassing, the pervasive love for all sentient beings. A feeling so huge that you would experience the word limitless. One would also experience what is emptiness. At that moment one would know what is ultimate bodhacitta. something that is beyond words. But because of our past obscurations this experience would be short. Through contineous practice with pure motivation, these enlightening experiences may return and last longer. IT is through ultimate bodhicitta that one would gain enlightenment. But most important of all is the motivation of selflessness, the wish for the good of all others above anything.
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