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Compassion is the guideline of the bodhisattvas, those that vow to realize enlightenment to be able to free up all sentient beings from the agony and confusion of imperfect life. To this finish, they have to surrender all self-centered ambitions and look at in simple terms the health of others. The bodhisattvas' enemies are the ego, ardour, and hatred; their guns are generosity, persistence, perseverance, and knowledge.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is taken into account to be a dwelling embodiment of this religious excellent. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama offers the following an in depth handbook of useful philosophy, in keeping with The manner of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a well known textual content of Mahayana Buddhism written by way of Shantideva. The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the textual content, alluding all through to the adventure of everyday life and displaying how a person can improve bodhichitta, the want for ideal enlightenment for the sake of others. This booklet would certainly turn into a typical guide for all those that desire to make the bodhisattva perfect a dwelling adventure.

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A FTER GENERATING bodhichitta and taking steps to prevent it from deteriorating, we must now learn to develop it continuously. This is the subject of Shantideva's next three chapters, the first of which is devoted to endeavor. Why is endeavor necessary? If we consider material progress, we see that research started by one person can always be continued by another. But this is not possible with spiritual progress. The real- ization we talk about in the Buddhadharma is something that has to O be accomplished by the individual.

I. The forces that secure the &good of beings O Are aspiration, firmness, joy, and moderation. Aspiration grows through contemplating misery And thinking of the benefit this brings. -' We should also not worry that we will never be able to accomplish such difficult Bodhisattva activities as giving away our bodies, To generate endeavor we need four supports: aspiration, firm- possessions, and all our merits. As beginners, we may not be ready ness, joy, and moderation. Aspiration is developed by reflecting on for this, so we should start by simply generating the wish to give karma, on cause and effect.

64. Even those who vilify and undermine The sacred Doctrine, stupas, images of holy beings Are not the proper objects of my anger: The Buddhas are not harmed thereby. 79. When compliments are heaped upon my merits, I want others to rejoice in them; When, however, someone else is praised, My happiness is slow and grudging. When people we do not like are praised, we normally become jealous. This is a mistaKe. When good things are said of others, we should try to join in. Then we too may get a little happiness.

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