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Buddhadharma : Spri 2013
SPRING 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 63 Therefore, especially when approaching the teachings, do not be selfish in your motivation; do not be limited. Bring to mind the fact that all beings throughout space have all been your parents and all of them want to be happy just as intensely as you do. All of them want not to suffer just as much as you want not to suffer. Resolve that you are engaging in this virtuous action, in this case receiving the teachings, so that you can bring about the full awakening of bud- dhahood of all those beings who seek the final and permanent happiness; that you will bring all beings to a state that not only transcends the three realms of samsara, or cyclic existence, but also the state of one-sided nirvana of an arhat; that you will bring all beings to buddhahood and for that purpose you will engage in this virtuous action. With this motivation you are seeing the suffering of beings as it is, recognizing its severity and intensity, and you are seeing beings’ wish for happiness as it is. Unfortunately, although we all want to be happy, because we are generally ignorant of what constitutes the true causes of happiness—virtuous actions and so forth—very often we do the oppo- site of what will make us happy; we do exactly what will cause us to suffer. Recognizing that all beings want to be happy as much as you do and that they are largely unsuccessful in achieving the happiness they seek, understand that to abandon them in this situation would be unconscionably ruthless and selfish. If you can engage in even a slight act of virtue motivated by a true love, com- passion, and bodhichitta, the power and merit of that virtue will be immeasurable. A Buddha’s Motivation It is said that there is no way to please buddhas other than by pleasing sentient beings. This is because all buddhas and bodhisattvas of the past, present, and future appear among us with Me Forget It, 2001 by Lewis Hyde and Max Gimblett PHOTOTOMWARREN|NEWYORKROBERTHANSEN-STURM,2012