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Garchen Rinpoche – Bodhichitta Teachings, 4/13/14 – Alexandria, Va.

Today, we will receive the bodhisattva vow. This adds to the refuge vow you received before. Having cultivated refuge, we engage in bodhisattva vow commitment, the two-fold aspiration bodhichita and activity bodhichita.

Especially in the Drikung Kagyu lineage, this prayer is at the very beginning. In this prayer of mind cultivation, the entire bodhisattva vow is contained.

May they experience happiness, be separated from suffering,

And swiftly I will establish them in the state of unsurpassed, perfect and precious Buddhahood.

We think, “What can I do to liberate sentient beings?” All the Buddhas of the three times have only the thought of this, to liberate sentient beings form suffering, so to have the is ongoing mind state to wish to liberate sentient beings in the aspiration bodhichita, then the bodhisattva prayer is the engaged through the 6 paramitas and so on. So we take on the commitment for all beings, the prayers you recite later are very clear. You can really get the whole meaning from prayers. In Buddhism in general, there are often many questions about the recitations, especially when we first take refuge and cultivate bodhichita. All sadhanas begin with refuge and bodhichita. We talked about refuge before, haven taken refuge; we want to become free from suffering. Only Buddha figured out how to get free from suffering, take refuge in Buddha what will protect us? Dharma – the path. Sangha are the companions. Continue reading


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Nuba Rinpoche – 2 day bodhichitta vow, part 1- TMC Frederick – 6/5/11

First condition for generating bodhichitta in one’s mind: accumulation of merit

…Rejoicing in merits and good deeds of others.

Continuing from this morning with the 7-limb prayer.


We are now relating to the accumulation of merit through rejoicing at other’s good deeds, as in the story of when a king invited Buddha and his retinue to his palace and made a big offering.  At the end, the Buddha asked the king, “should I dedicate the merit of this to you – the king – or to the person who has gained more merits than you?”  The king thought “Since I am the benefactor, I may be the one who gained most merit,” so the king said “yes, dedicate to person with most merits.”  At that time, there was a beggar at the door of the palace.  He really rejoiced at the merit of the king, and that the king was making such a grand offering to Buddha.  When Buddha was about to dedicate, he surprised everyone when he used the name of the beggar at the door.  This shows that just by rejoicing at the good deeds of others, we can gain the same amount of merit.

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