Geshe Sherab will offer a possibility to take Bodhisattva vows during his teaching about the Six Bodhisattva practices November 9-11.
Bodhisattva vows are given for preparing the ground, and for planting the seeds, in order to have a fully awakened mind in the future.
Bodhisattva vows are taken in order to familiarize with the Bodhisattva path and the six perfections: generosity and so forth. Vows are directing the mind for a certain direction, cultivating the aspiration – then slowly transforming the aspiration to a more engaged will to benefit all living beings. Vows shape the mind and form the method for developing bodhicitta.
Bodhisattva vows are an expression of bodhicitta. You develop bodhicitta by practicing the six Bodhisattva practices.
Bodhicitta is a mind, – including thought, action, feeling, and speech – dedicated for the well-being of all living beings, and achieving the full awakening in order to benefit all beings as fully as possible. The vows are therefore the source of happiness and the way to avoid harming living beings. As well as with compassion and loving-kindness: you have to cultivate bodhicitta – by yourself, nobody can do it for you.
Sunday, November 4 we offer teaching about the bodhisattva vows
With Kaisa Kaulanen
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Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara, or “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”,
presents two kinds of Bodhisattva vows:
Wishing and promising – related to the two kinds of bodhicitta – which at the beginning is aspirational, something we strive for – and then by the time becomes an engaged bodhicitta.
Aspirational: ”May I accomplish the 6 perfections, (the six Bodhisattva practices)
Engaged: ”I will accomplish the 6 perfections”.
The promise to keep bodhisattva vows applies not only to this life but also to each subsequent lifetime until full awakening. So, as subtle forms, these vows continue on our mental continuums into future lives.
Two Types of Bodhicitta (From “Guide to the Bodhisattva´s Way of Life”)
In brief, the Awakening Mind
Should be understood to be of two types;
The mind that aspires to awaken
And the mind that ventures to do so.
As is understood by the distinction
Between aspiring to go and (actually) going.
So the wise understand in turn
The distinction between these two.
Although great fruits occur in cyclic existence
From the mind that aspires to awaken,
An uninterrupted flow of merit does not ensue
As it does with the venturing mind.
And for him who has perfectly seized this mind
With the thought never to turn away
From totally liberating
The infinite forms of life.
From that time hence,
Even while asleep or unconcerned.
A force of merit equal to the sky
Will perpetually ensue.
* Bodhi means “awakening” or what we call énlightenment´, and comes from the same Sanskrit word as “`Buddha” which means literally ” The One who is Awaken“. Citta is a word for “mind” that is often translated “heart-mind” because it connotes the mind in wider meaning than just the intellect, also the emotive awareness is included. Buddhism is always experiential, connecting mind and heart.
Bodhicitta = the awakened heart and mind.
Bodhisattva = a person who has bodhicitta, the awakened heart. (Sattva = Being )
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