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Buddhadharma : Fall 2018
BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 43 THE TITLE OF THE final section of the Lamrim Chenmo (Tsongkhapa’s classic text, “The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path”) says: How to practice insight, the essence of wisdom, after practicing the bodhisattvas’ deeds on the stages of the path of the great being. Here we find an explanation of the latter stages of the Mahayana path. A “great being” is someone who has developed universal love and compassion and who always takes more care of others’ prob- lems than his or her own. The heartfelt wish of a great being is to free all sentient beings from cyclic existence. Therefore a great being takes on the responsibility to lead all sentient beings away from suf- fering and place them in a state of freedom and lasting peace. Such a being will sacrifice him- or herself in order to benefit others. When this heartfelt sense of responsibility arises spontaneously it is called bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is literally the mind of enlightenment; it is the wish to attain buddhahood as soon as possible solely for the purpose of benefiting others. When bodhicitta arises spontaneously within one’s mindstream, one enters the Mahayana path; at this point one becomes a bodhisattva. Bodhicitta alone is not enough to attain enlightenment. So what else must we do? We must practice the various stages of the path from the basic level, through the intermediate level, and finally Don’t Stop Short of Supreme Insight Geshe Lhundub Sopa ART BY CRYPTIK opposite | Bodhisattva, 2016 PHOTONINAHUH