Aspiring Bodhicitta & Engaging
Similarities & differences
between the two ~ 2 types of aspiring bodhicitta: with and without
precepts ~ Ceremonies for generating Aspiring & Engaging Bodhicitta.
How to prevent the bodhicitta from
degenerating this life
(1) Remember the advantages
of bodhicitta again and again
(2) Generate the thought to attain enlightenment for the benefit
of all sentient beings: sometimes when we do prayers, we feel
they're just words, we're not getting anything out of that --
what do we do?
(3) Do not give up working for sentient beings even when they
are harmful: the moment we give up on even one sentient being,
we lose the bodhicitta; what if the thought of having to lead
ALL sentient beings to Enlightenment sounds daunting & we
start to have doubts?
(4) Accumulate both merit and wisdom continuously.
How to prevent losing the bodhicitta
in future lives - Part 1
1) To abandon deceiving the
Guru, abbot or other holy beings with lies.
2) To abandon causing others to regret virtuous actions that they
have done, & to practice assuming the responsibility oneself
to lead all sentient beings to enlightenment.
3) To abandon abusing or
criticizing bodhisattvas or the Mahayana, & to practice generating
the recognition of bodhisattvas as one's teacher and praise them:
since we don't know who is a bodhisattva, does it mean we should
not criticise anybody, even if someone is committing a negative
4) To abandon not acting
with a pure selfless wish but with pretention and deceit, &
to practice being straightforward, without pretension or deceit.
Review ~ Using these guidelines
as preparation for taking the bodhisattva vows.