Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche – Jewel Ornament of Liberation – Chapter 10: Training in aspiration bodhichitta

1. Training in Aspiration Bodhichitta: The summary:

Not forsaking sentient beings from one’s heart, Recollecting the beneficial effects of that mind, Gathering the two accumulations, Practicing the enlightened mind repeatedly, and Accepting the four virtues and rejecting the four nonvirtues – These five comprise the training in aspiration bodhichitta.

“Of course one will not give up this attitude towards those beings who are benefiting oneself, but there is a danger of giving it up regarding those who harm you. To them especially, one should cultivate compassion and make efforts to bring them benefit and happiness.”

2. Recollecting the Beneficial Effects of Bodhichitta.

“The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment says:
The quality of cultivating
The mind of aspiration
Was explained by Maitreya
In the Planting the Noble Stalk Sutra.”

The beneficial effects of bodhichitta are illustrated through about 230 similes.

The 230 similes from Planting the Noble Stalk Sutra are in Complete Guide to Buddhist path.

These boil down to four.

  1. “Bodhichitta is like the seed of all the Buddhas’ qualities” and “it dispels poverty like Vaishravana.”

If you want wealth, practice bodhichitta, then do Vaishravana, Need to have the cause before the effect. 😉 If you practice bodhichitta, even without expecting to become a universal monarch, you will become one.

  1. It fully protects all migrators like a shelter,” and  “it supports all sentient beings so it is like the ground.”

If you want to benefit all sentient beings, like a shelter, bodhichitta. Is like a ground. When you come to this point, there is no place to cheat others, harm others.

  1. Because it is victorious over all the enemies of afflicting emotions, it is like a spear and “it completely cuts the tree of suffering like an axe.

The enemies of bodhisattvas are all the causes of suffering- confusion, delusion, afflicting emotion. “It is like a spear” not to kill people, but a spear of wisdom. It is like an axe or chainsaw. 😉

  1. It accomplishes all aspirations like the noble vase,” and “it accomplishes all wishes like the precious, wish-fulfilling jewel.

It accomplishes all aspirations like the legendary noble vase.

Practice patience, tolerance over time through wisdom. In the life story of Milarepa, there was a guy who was jealous of Mila who gave poison to Mila. Mila accepted and took the poison. The mean person visited, Mila talked to him, hinting he knew he had been poisoned. The man acknowledged and apologized, and Mila taught him. Even this despicable act, Mila taught him out of Bodhichitta. This is “Establishing all favorable conditions” with weapon of bodhichitta.

At least every 4 hours, reflect on these qualities of bodhichitta, if not every minute.

3. Gathering the Two Accumulations

“The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment says:
The accumulations of merit and wisdom is
the nature of the cause of perfection. And so forth.”

Any obstacle comes; there is always a method. It is just a matter of time. All problems are transitory. So individual needs skillful method.

“Primordial wisdom” is pure mind, original mind, Buddha nature. Everything in space of emptiness and luminosity. The two accumulations makes bodhichitta stronger.

If you recite one mantra, it should be done thinking it is for all sentient beings with wisdom. If you see a flower, make an offering to Buddhas, thinking “may all beings be free from suffering” and seeing the illusory nature. You will accumulate quickly.

Do at least once a session, if not every minute.

The Bodhisattvas’ mantra is “how can I benefit sentient beings?” This is the purpose of life.

4. Practicing the enlightened mind

This is bodhichitta. Once it is developed, we must make stronger.

  1. Practicing the mind of the cause of enlightenment.

Practice loving-kindness and compassion at least once a session. These aren’t bodhichitta, but they are the cause of bodhichitta. Especially compassion towards those creating causes of suffering. If there is anybody quarreling, look at the suffering. Integrate that thought. The absence of afflicting emotions is peace.

  1. Practice of the actual mind of enlightenment.

We think, “I am so limited now.” But we aspire to achieve enlightenment for other sentient beings benefit. You can do either a detailed ceremony, or the short refuge prayer.

 “In the buddha, the dharma, and the sangha most excellent,
I take refuge until enlightenment is reached.
By the merit of generosity, and other good deeds,
May I attain Buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings.”

This is the actual meditation practice of bodhichitta.

  1. Practice of the mind of the action of enlightenment.

This is action, conduct, deeds. There are two subdivisions.

A. Give and dedicate body, wealth and virtues. May I be helpful, like the earth. Earth is giving so much. There is an old Tibetan saying: “The Earth can provide for all beings, if we have the skill to maintain it, but can not provide for the greed of one.”

Without water, we can’t live, nothing will grow. Even if you had billions of dollars, if you had no water, what would you do? If there is no air, we can’t breathe.  It sustains humans and non-humans. Without fire, nothing could be sustained.  Look at the 4 elements, and think “May my mind be like that.” Relax in that. It will bring real joy now, in the future, at the time of death, and after death. You are free. Whereas if you have billions of dollars, there is lots of attachment and fear.

B. Purify your own mind. If you see attachment, purify. Always look at moral ethics, precepts. If you are keeping them, rejoice. If not, purify. Count each of the precepts. Starting with the 5 precepts, how much you are keeping and not keeping.  Then if you have taken 10 precepts, up to 253 for a fully ordained monk or 360 for a fully ordained nun. Then you will see the reality of yourself, where you are.

5. Rejection of the Four Unwholesome Deeds and Acceptance of the Four Wholesome Deeds.

“The Kashyapa-Requested Sutra says:
The four unwholesome deeds are stated. Kashyapa, the bodhisattva who possesses four qualities will forget bodhichitta…Abbreviated, these are: deceiving the lama and those worthy of worship; causing remorse in others when remorse is not appropriate; through aversion, saying improper words about a bodhisattva who has cultivated bodhichitta, and behaving deceitfully toward sentient beings. “

Explanation.

The Four Unwholesome Deeds.

1. Deceiving lamas and those worth of respect/offerings, not just worship.

 One worthy of offerings  is one who has kept precepts. Bodhichitta is forgotten if the lie is big or small or if it is believed or not. The antidote is to resist telling lies even at risk of life.

2. Causing remorse for virtuous deeds. Saying to someone “what if you have nothing to eat tomorrow?” after they make offerings is causing regret. The antidote is establishing all beings in virtues. These are the 10 virtues.  Some say Mahayana or hiniyana. If they give things away, just rejoice.

3. Improper words about a bodhisattva. In your mind you have hatred, aversion. Seeing bodhisattvas as Buddhas and proclaiming their virtues is the antidote.

4. Deceiving or committing a fraud toward any sentient beings. This completely contradicts love and compassion. An altruistic attitude disentangles this. If all other beings are happy, how can you be unhappy?

This makes a sincere person. This is how to create real harmonious atmosphere.

The four unwholesome actions cause us to forget bodhichitta, which is different from losing bodhichitta.

(Chapter 11: Training in Action bodhichitta)


Key points:

  • If you recite one mantra, it should be done thinking it is for all sentient beings with wisdom. If you see a flower, make an offering to Buddhas, thinking “may all beings be free from suffering” and seeing the illusory nature. You will accumulate quickly.
  • The Bodhisattvas’ mantra is “how can I benefit sentient beings?” This is the purpose of life.
  • Practice loving-kindness and compassion at least once a session. These aren’t bodhichitta, but they are the cause of bodhichitta. Especially compassion towards those creating causes of suffering.
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