Bodhicitta is the wish and action of becoming enlightened to bring all beings to this same glorious state. To do this we practice seven stages of mental development. We set the stage by equalizing everyone based on our common wish to be happy. The first stage is to remember that all beings have been our kind mothers (or whomever showed us the most kindness). The second stage is to reflect on her kindness. The third stage comes almost automatically. It is the wish to repay her kindness. How can we do this? Through the fourth stage of cultivating love for all our mothers. And then through the fifth stage of cultivating compassion, to remove all suffering, for all our mothers. Then through the sixth stage of cultivating the altruistic intention to work for the benefit of all our mothers. Finally through the last, seventh stage of cultivating Bodhicitta, the wish and action to become a fully enlightened Buddha in order to bring all our mothers to this same glorious state.
What better day than today on Halloween to practice Bodhicitta? But no trick or treat, rather, treat and treat! The other classic method of cultivating Bodhicitta is more expedient than the seven-step method talked about […]
Although we often forget, we have a precious gem inside. The light of this gem is stronger than a thousand million suns. It is unconditional love infused and powered by wisdom. We call this bodhicitta […]